“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.”
Jesus really doesn’t mean hate, does He? After all, He said the two greatest commandments are to love the Lord your God and your neighbor. Interestingly,””hating” is a Semitic expression for loving less. If I’m to come to Jesus and be His disciple, I must not only love those in my family but also my own life less than I love Jesus.
In the midst of an extremely busy weekend of church responsibilities (and the preparation behind them) and ministering to others outside church, I desired nothing more than to spend time with my husband. This season of life was so very busy that I felt our relationship was being neglected. Surely that was a reasonable desire, don’t you think? My marriage relationship is second after my relationship with the Lord and it seemed that everyone else was getting more of my time. It seemed so to me until I read these words. Loving Jesus more than my husband and my own life meant serving Him in those areas He was calling me to that weekend and waiting for that desired time with my husband. Eyeopening? Yes indeed! How about you? Do you love all these less than you love Jesus? Only then are we His disciples.
Father, I desire to be Your disciple. I desire to love you more than those you’ve placed in my life and more than my own life itself. “Search me and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” Show me what You see and “lead me in the way everlasting!”