". . . The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head." - Matthew 8:20
I wondered what the scribe thought of Jesus' response to his statement of wanting to follow Him wherever He went. The occupation of a scribe was a very esteemed position that provided a very comfortable lifestyle. Perhaps he thought serving as a scribe of Jesus would add to his already impressive resume. Whatever disillusions he may have had ended with Jesus’ reply to the reality of what was expected if he wanted to truly follow Him.
Jesus’ ministry was mobile, not stationary. His mission was to go wherever the Father sent Him, wherever the gospel needed to be heard. From Galilee to Cana, Capernaum, North East Judea, Samaria, Nain (where he raised the widow’s only son), Gadara (cures two demon possessed men), Gennesaret, Tyre, Sidon, Decapolis, Dalmanutha, Caesarea Philippi, Bethany, Perea, and Ephraim. For Jesus and His disciples, a place to lay their head was not always a warm comfortable bed. Sometimes it was in a cold wet boat at sea, a campsite in the wilderness, or in the open desert. He once abode in Simon the leper’s house and Zacchaeus, the tax collector’s home; places a scribe would not be comfortable at.
AS LEADERS IN THE MAKING our ministry through the risen Christ must also be mobile. Our mission is to go wherever the Spirit of God sends us.
Following Jesus will include ministering in places that reek with alcohol, smoke and stench. There will be assignments that will take us to places of poverty, illness and degradation. Not every assignment will be a place of warmth and comfort. Yet the gospel must be presented to every soul we encounter.
The only thing that is unchanging and fixed in our walk with Jesus is His presence and His power to deliver and set free those who receive our message and accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
It's amazing how the Holy Spirit works to accomplish one and same purpose through varying dimensions. The Lord gave me this topic "EVEN THE FOXES HAVE HOLES" as an encouragement to 21st century Pastors especially those whose got no resources to own a home. It's a different perspective from what you got here. But I must say that the way you presented this topic beats what I'm working on and I've been blessed by your shared knowledge. May the Lord keep you,sister Anna. Don't miss the rapture.