Have you ever come across those passages in the Bible that make you think, “How in the world am I supposed to live that out?”. As I am preparing for our series in ACTS I was taken back to a passage in Luke 14 that made me think just that. Check it out: “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.” Now that is a bold statement! I sat back for a second after reading this and I think the first thing that popped in my head was, “wait, God told us to love our neighbors as ourselves!”. But lets look a little closer at what Jesus is saying here. Jesus is not literally saying you should hate your family and yourself, if He did then He would have contradicted Himself (cf. Matt 22:34-40).
I think what Jesus is trying to communicate to us is that our love and desire for Him should be so immense that the love we show to our family and friends would be like hatred in comparison! Friends we serve a God who is like none other, one that desires a deep and personal relationship with us, a relationship that is more intimate than any other relationship. Ask yourself this question today, do I love God more than anything else in this world? Do I desire Him above all other things, to the point that it even looks like hatred in comparison.
Pray today that God will give you a passion and a deep-seated desire for Him, one that is bigger than your desire to play Call of Duty, shop at the mall, Facebook stalk that cute guy or girl, etc. Immerse yourself in His beauty; reminding yourself of His character in goodness. For it is in Him we find our joy and pleasure satisfied.