“Then a scribe came to Him, ‘Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.’ Jesus said to him, ‘The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head’” (Matthew 8:19-20).
It is a bold claim being made by this potential disciple; a willingness to follow “anywhere” the One who has “nowhere” to call home. Jesus is not impressed with such declarations. He is far more interested in a disciple that is loyal where one is right now; not a pledge of allegiance for when you arrive to a place you might never go. Present tense action is the best expression of true discipleship; not confessions of one’s intentions for the future.