the greater Choice.

Great post! I think people tend to forget that when we say God comes first, He really does come first, even ahead of other people. It’s funny, we give up material goods for people, or one material good for another material good, or a material good for a spiritual good, but when it comes to choosing God over people? We struggle (myself being one of the worst offenders).

worthy of Agape

Great crowds were traveling with Jesus,
and he turned and addressed them,
“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters,
and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple…”
-Luke 14:25-26

the greater choiceDepressing words, no? Jesus tells us that we have to hate our father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters if we want to be His disciples? Doesn’t that violate the whole “Honor your mother and father” thing in the Ten Commandments? Actually, no. What Jesus is employing in this passage is a classic Hebrew idiom. He isn’t literally saying that we have to hate our parents, our spouses, or our children, much less ourselves if we want to follow Him. What He is saying is that if given the choice between our parents and God, we choose God. If we have to decide between our spouse…

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