I am intrigued by the two responses that Jesus gave to some pretty simple questions. I think that his answers hits to the heart of what it means to follow Jesus. He tells the scribe that following him is not about earthly security. Many of the disciples left the security of homes and fishing boats to follow a man that had neither. He tells the second man that following him is about abandoning his earthly life to embrace a heavenly one.
The cost of discipleship is not cheap and should not be entered into lightly.
Jesus put it this way later in Matthew's gospel:
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.This is a difficult message. His words speak for themselves. Following Jesus has never been easy because the cost of discipleship is losing life for Jesus' sake.
I am not worthy of you Lord. Have mercy on me. Help me to lose my life.