KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 14:26 KJV” If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”
Every employer lays down his contract of employment to the successful applicant. The terms of reference are clearly spelt out in this contract. Any employee who fails to meet these terms is fired. The Lord Jesus stated his terms for engaging His disciples. He said, if any man would come after me, and does not hate, father, mother, brothers, sisters, children and even his own life he can’t be his disciple. The word ‘hate’ means ‘to love less.’ The Lord says anyone who would be qualified to be used by him must choose Him (the Lord) first. You must always consider the interest of Christ and the gospel first. Your money is first for the course of the gospel, before your personal considerations.
Now let’s consider the use of our time. Your time is first unto the Lord. If you are to choose between doing something for yourself and the Lord, then you must without hesitating take the Lord’s call. Love the Lord above yourself. It was said of Paul in Acts 15:26, as ” Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”. These men hazarded or endangered their lives for the sake of the gospel. This word hazard means to deal dangerously or to betray yourself. They gave up their lives in a very dangerous or careless way, in the interest of the gospel. We are living in times that Satan seeks to stop the advancement of the gospel. We must selflessly sacrifice our lives to resist his onslaught against the church.
In the early days of the church, the gospel would have been clamped down, if it had not been the selflessness of the apostles. They said it is rather glorious to suffer for the Lord. These men and women obeyed the Lord’s terms for discipleship to the letter. They hated their lives for the sake of Christ. Many in our day reproach the course of Christ with their self-centered ways. (Philip. 3:18)
The Lord also stated we must love Him and place His interest above our loved ones. To be qualified to be used by the Lord, no man must come between you and the Lord. Please note this, all relations have temporal existence. Our Father God will live forever. Why place temporal beings before the eternal one, who would one day judge, approving or disapproving our works.
Christ is my Lord He is first in my life. First in my personal interests. First before my parents, siblings, children, marriage and even first before my very life. His interest gives me life. I am very wise to make Him first in all things.
John 12:24 KJV” Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal”.
Luke 9:23 KJV “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me”.
Philippians 3:18 KJV. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)