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.
In our key scripture, the Lord laid Barr His qualification terms for one to be called a disciple. In actual fact, he says you will not be part of Him if you do not adhere to what He presented. He said to be His disciple, you must hate your father, mother, wife or husband, children, siblings, and your very life. The Lord added that His disciple must take up His cross and follow Him. Your cross is not anything He has redeemed us from like our sins, sicknesses, or poverty, but anything that has to do with choosing His way as against choosing our way. It means He must coke first in all that we choose to do.
The Lord does not just make empty demands but whatever He tells us come from His love for us as well as His wisdom that surpasses all things. The Christian life is purely a spiritual life that could not he led by any man in his natural capacity as a man. Plucking your heart from every other thing to love the master gives Him the right to live His life through us. In Matt. 10:40 the Lord added that when a man has fulfilled the demand to love Him above all other things, He said in verse 40 that “He that receiveth you receiveth me and he that receiveth me receiveth the one who sent me”
What is the meaning of this statement?
It means the child of God who accepts to love the Lord above himself and every other thing has entered into a covenant relationship with Him.
Remember he loved us above Himself to die for us and we must also love Him above ourselves to complete that covenant pact of really becoming one with Him.
When we believe in Him, we are one with Him yet it becomes practical and experiential when we also love Him above ourselves. This cements our relationship with Him and we will be really ready to believe in Him under any condition. Until this is done, He can’t stand for you because you have not crossed the death line. Please note I don’t mean dying physically, but rather dying in your heart and mind to yourself, your family and the world. It is only by your death that you can really partake of Him and everything that belongs to Him.
Dear lord Jesus, I accept to love you above myself, my relations, my interests and also to carry my cross everyday of my life. Thank you, Lord, for bringing me unto a solid covenant pact with you.
THOUGHT: TO LOVE THE LORD ABOVE EVERY OTHER THING RELEASES US INTO TRUE ONENESS WITH JESUS.
John 12:24, 25KJV 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.
Matt 10:37 KJV “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”