And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “ Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “ Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Then another of His disciples said to Him, “ Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “ Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead. -Matthew 8:18–22 (NKJV)
Luke’s description of this same account adds an additional person who told Jesus he wanted to go back to his household to bid them farewell before he became a follower. Jesus responded “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Procrastination can be a deadly sin. Oh, there are many areas of life where we can get away with a little more sleep, a little more slumber, a little more folding of the hands. A little more, or a little less might not be sin per se’. But making up excuses for not following Jesus at his command is sin. It is a deadly, costly, and eternal sin because the call might not go forth for you another day. He is the one who sends forth his Spirit to accompany his call; and his Spirit may not follow the call tomorrow. How do you know you will still be accepted by Jesus tomorrow?
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” -Jesus Christ (Luke 5:31–32)
Are you a sinner who needs repentance? Then his call is for you today. Will you follow, or procrastinate another day?