“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Matthew 10 : 37 – 38
True love, like the love we are given by God, is abundant. When you love one person it does not mean that you love someone else less. You don’t have to choose between loving your family or Jesus, but what is important is that these two different things don’t compete with each other for your love. This is not just about family, but earthly possessions. Our love for Christ must come first. As a disciple of Christ, we need to centre our lives around loving Christ. Nothing should get in the way of this.
This next one can seem quite daunting. Jesus is foretelling his death. While we most likely won’t face the same prosecution, we will face trials as followers of Jesus. The question becomes how you will respond to those trials. Will you be willing to endure those trials, and the possible responses your actions will have? The other option is to turn your back when it gets difficult or when there might be a negative outcome. The journey of faith is filled with both ups and downs. We need to be willing to stick it out even when we are in a low point and things are difficult.
Jesus lets his disciples know what they will deal with and face as they follow him. It isn’t a part time commitment. It is a full time and whole hearted commitment. While it might seem daunting and a lot is being asked of us, remember that you don’t embark on this journey alone.
Prayer: Loving God, we give you thanks for this amazing and wondrous calling you have placed on our lives. There are days when being your disciple is challenging, and we ask that you would continue to walk alongside us, encourage us, and remind us that we don’t journey alone. Help us to continue to root ourselves in your love. We give you thanks for this odd and wondrous calling. Amen.
Action: Continue to love Christ and people.