I think most of us take for granted that we have another day to live tomorrow. I am pretty confident, my health is okay and when I go to sleep each night, I pretty much expect to wake up to start a new day. Sometimes I catch myself with the phrase “God willing” when I talk about tomorrow but honestly, I take it for granted that God will give me another moment of life.
Today’s Gospel from Matthew 8:18-22 got me thinking about God’s grace and not to take the gift of time for granted. Jesus asks us disciples to follow him right now at this moment, his will be done, no excuses and just follow. A disciple says to him today … “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” Jesus responds to the disciple … “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”
It might sound like Jesus is being a little bit mean to this disciple but I have come to understand the translation to mean that the man wanted to go back to his father who was alive and stay with him until he died. Then, he would come back to follow Jesus. I think Jesus is telling me that in my life, there is nothing more important than following him, not family, friends, work or pleasure. I cannot take time for granted and put off doing the will of God when I am ready. He calls me now, and I must follow him now.