HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
In human thinking, there is no relationship more precious or protected than the relationships of family. The bonds among husbands and wives, parents and children, and siblings are typically tighter and stronger than any other relationships we have. For that reason, this statement by Jesus seems difficult, harsh, and unloving. Isn’t He contradicting His usual advocacy of the family? Is He asserting that those relationships aren’t as important as we think they are? Not at all! On the contrary, He is using those very relationships because of their great importance. He is using them to make a strong and unmistakable statement about the commitment that is required in following Him. Our commitment to Christ must be our greatest priority—more important than our family or our marriage; more important, in fact, than any earthly relationship or priority of our lives. To be a faithful disciple of Christ requires our ALL! This is not to say, of course, that we should not love or be committed to our family or other earthly relationships. In fact, if Christ is first and our commitment to Him is lived out each day, we will be better spouses, parents, children, and friends. Thus is the nature of following God and submitting to His perfect will.
Why does Jesus demand to be the greatest priority in our lives?
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