Tag: Isaiah 42:8

Jesus demands first place!

Scripture reading for March 23rd:  Luke 14

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 14:25-27  “Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them He said:  “I anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be My disciple.  And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.””

This teaching of Jesus appears to go against His command for all disciples to ‘love one another’.  (John 15:17)  But Jesus was really saying that our love for Him must surpass our love for our father or mother and even our wife and children.  We must love Him more than our own life–enough to be willing to take up a cross and march with Him to death in obedience to the Father!  Discipleship is not a casual pursuit!  Jesus calls us into the most demanding of all relationships!  It takes our whole-hearted devotion and love to be a disciple!

Observations for over-comers:  It is easy to be part of a crowd traveling with Jesus but it costs total devotion to become one of His disciples!  It is worth the cost!  “I am the Lord; that is My Name!  I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols.”  (Isaiah 42:8)

 

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