‘“Whoever loves father or mother or son or daughter more than me is not fit to be my disciple. And whoever comes to me must follow in my steps and be willing to share my cross and experience it as his own, or he cannot be considered to be my disciple. All who seek to live apart from me will lose it all. But those who let go of their lives for my sake and surrender it all to me will discover true life!’
Throughout Jesus’ life, while walking the earth, we see Him preaching the hope of the Kingdom of God, healing every sickness and every disease. Teaching His disciples to “love your neighbor and pray for those who persecute you (your enemy)” (Matthew 5:44), and to not retaliate to those that strike you but turning the other cheek that they may do the same as you respond in love. But, then we encounter a Jesus in Matthew 10 that seem to be slightly different to the one we see in the previous chapters of Matthew. But, is He the same or simply out of the goodness of His heart leading us closer to Him?
There is something about surrender that brings life and life eternal. It is when you surrender and only when you surrender to Jesus that you may find true life, eternal life. Through you choosing to surrender all to Him and bring yourself down to 0% that the “Ancient of Days”, “King of kings and Lord of lords” is able to come and fill you with His 100% as He Himself is Eternal Life. Surrender, it is for your own good, and to have life breathed in to you as Jesus breathed into His disciples in John 20:22.
Returning to the scriptures above and stepping into understanding these verses from a surrendered reborn believing life, we see that through these words Jesus is telling His disciples that unless His own love Jesus more than their own mother, father, son or daughter they cannot follow Him. The reason being is this: when we surrender to Jesus, there is a heart exchange that occurs on the cross and Jesus’ heart becomes yours as He replaces your heart. Through Jesus’ heart, loving your mother, father, son or daughter is now with a pure heart, Jesus heart, who loves them wayyyyyyy more than you can ever love anyone. With an eternal, powerful, power-filled, sacrificial love.
Jesus calls us to love Jesus more than those around us, and especially more than ourselves so that we can have Jesus in relationship as our true King and our Everything, but also, that those around us may benefit from the relationship as we are enabled to love them from a greater place, heaven.
Again I say, surrender! There is nothing greater; for you, and those around you.
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