Jesus wants to hear words that assume the commitment to be a follower and that understand the cost of that commitment. Mere words aren’t sufficient, the same way that mere actions aren’t sufficient either.
As they were walking along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
Luke 9:57-58 NET
If we follow Jesus, let us forget our comfort, leave off worrying with physical safety, think hard about the sacrifice he calls us to make.
Let us follow the Master calculating the cost, in order to forget it thereafter.
After all, to walk with him is the highest of blessings.