“Then He said to another man, “Follow Me.”
“Lord,” he replied, “first let me go and bury my father.”
But Christ told him, “Let the dead bury the dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”“ Luke 9:58-60.
At first glance, these words from Christ may seem harsh and uncaring, that He would tell a man not to go and mourn the loss of his father. Why would Christ say something such as this to a man who had just lost his father?
The answer is this: Christ wants us to realize that there is no relationship more special than the one that we will have with Him and with God. Because of this, we should not let any earthly relationship hinder us from following Christ; our first priority, and most important relationship, should always be God. Everything else, family included, is secondary.
When Christ told the man to “let the dead bury the dead,” He was referring to those who are spiritually dead. The spiritually dead are those persons who ignore the call that Christ gives them, or make up excuses as to why they cannot yet follow Christ. Jesus is giving the man an ultimatum: either follow me, or be one of the spiritually dead. This anonymous man has a decision to make. Does he let his dead father keep him from following the Messiah, or does he go and follow Christ?
The decision faced by this unnamed man is a decision we all struggle with. It is not always easy to make our relationship with God the most important relationship. Very often we do get sidetracked by other matters. But, when Christ calls us to follow Him, we must be ready to drop everything and do just that. We do not want to be among the spiritually dead, we want to be among those who are preaching and spreading the kingdom of God. Every other relationship we have will fail us and people will constantly disappoint us, but God never will. Christ will stick closer to us than even our siblings. When all others die or forsake us, Christ will remain with us. Heed his call. Follow Him and let nothing stop you from doing so. Go out and proclaim the kingdom of God.