Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
– Mark 10:28 – 31 (English Standard Version)
“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.”
– Matthew 10:37 – 39 (English Standard Version)
Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”
– Luke 14:25 – 27 (English Standard Version)
Has Christ (and His truths) brought peace or division to your family?
Family ties should be strong. Yet when comparing your devotion to Christ verses your natural affection for them, family and friends may come to the conclusion that they are second-class; that you “hate” them.
To be a follower of Christ, our love for Him must be greater than our love for anyone else. Love can interfere with God’s plan for an individual. Jesus warns that love for anyone (no matter how legitimate the relationship) can’t surpass our devotion for Him.