This passage is used to show that if Jesus calls someone to follow him, it should be done quickly and not in months or years later. When I was thinking about going to the Seminary I had thought about going part time for a year, and continue to work in the insurance industry, before going full time. I had gone to undergraduate school part time while working full time in the steel mill. I thought that was the practical thing to do again. However, God had other plans.
I talked to my pastor about my thoughts, and from things he did, plus other signs I was given the clear message for me was to go full time and not to wait for a year. That ended being a really good thing for me, because if I had gone part time versus full time, I wouldn’t have met and got to know Shirley Ross, and wouldn’t have gotten married to her. Sometimes being practical is not what God is calling to do, but taking a leap of faith immediately to follow Jesus! Vernon T.