This passage challenges our view of Jesus. Yes, he wants all people to follow him, but at the same time he loves us enough not to let us take shortcuts in our faith. In this passage, the same Jesus that loved each of us so much that he died for us, turns away three would be disciples. Challenging indeed!
Take a moment to answer the questions related to this passage in your Field Guide.
At first glance, it might seem like Jesus is being a little harsh. But, it’s all about perspective. If he’s calling us to an easy walk then his standards don’t need to be high. But we know that going with God is not a walk in the park, it’s an arduous but amazing journey, it’s even a battle sometimes. So the expectations must be high. Jesus isn’t being harsh, he’s just being honest.