He who loves [and takes more pleasure in] father or mother more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves [and takes more pleasure in] son or daughter more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me.
Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life].
He who receives and welcomes and accepts you receives and welcomes and accepts Me, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts Me receives and welcomes and accepts Him Who sent Me.
And blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is he who takes no offense at Me and finds no cause for stumbling in or through Me and is not hindered from seeing the Truth.
Matthew 10:37-40 AMP; Matthew 11:6 AMP
Thank You Father for this day, another day of life to serve and try to reflect You. You know my heart and what I’m trying to do. You know my desire to commit fully to You, and not waiver. Help me Father to see how to learn and live by Your Son’s words and ways, as You taught Him, so that I may do right by and for You. As a believer in Jesus Christ and a tested, yet struggling, follower of Your Word—I give You all the glory. Amen.
The biggest hurdle as a Christian is letting go of our human ways, wants, desires, and connections—and seeking out only the spiritual life that only God can provide. Our love for our children is the love God has for us, but we’re to love Him more than our children. We’re to love Him more than our spouses, parents, and other family members. We’re supposed to cleave to Him, not them.
God sent so many men and women before Jesus, to prepare the people for Jesus—just for the people to reject or not protect Jesus. Consider had the masses turned on the human power structure that called for Jesus’ crucifixion, and instead loudly and broadly declared Jesus as the Son of God—how would life have been at that time? How would life be now?
By accepting and believing both Jesus and God, His Father, our Father, there would have been generational acceptance and embrace that would have changed how people interacted, dealt with issues and disputes, handled crime (which would’ve been lowered significantly), worshipped, and so much more.
Jesus sacrificed for us, but what have we done for Him and God? Turn on local, national, and global news stations and see for yourself.
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