August 11, 2021

Luke 14:25-27
​​Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”

 

Jesus once proclaimed the entire law of God rests upon two commands: Love God, and love other people. That’s why passages like ours this week can be confusing when Jesus says we must hate even our close family members if we are to follow Him. The classic explanation of this passage focuses not on hatred of loved ones, but simply on putting God first, making sure our foremost allegiance is to Him, before anything or anyone else.

The challenge, as is often the case, is that we are blind to our true nature in so many ways. Just when we think we put God first in every possible way, He’s happy to show us another love we didn’t know we had.

So let’s read our passage a few times today, and while we do, let’s ask God, “How do I put others ahead of you, Lord? What can you show me about myself, and Yourself, to help me understand this passage and what it means for me and my life today?”

Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:  “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.  And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”

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