A devotional thought from Halim Suh for “Abraham’s Covenant”
Luke 14:26: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, and even his own life—he cannot be My disciple.”
This can be a tough verse for a lot of people. It can make us uncomfortable, can’t it? Surely, Jesus must have meant something different—surely this can’t be what He desires from His disciples.
Our God is intentional. God is not shy about the weight He wants to accompany following Him. He isn’t downplaying the call to come and be His disciple.
The relationship He is drawing here is one of contrast. This isn’t a call to hate people and only love God; it is a call for the love and desire to follow God wherever He goes to be so great that even the closest human relationships look like hatred in comparison. Relative to the way that you love people, this call carries with it the expectation that there are no close seconds when it comes to your affections for God. The chasm between the two ought to be considerable. Why?
The end result of following God is to be where He is, doing the things that He is doing—because you love Him. Elevating your relationships with people to an equal position is only going to cause you to look back and question whether you should really follow God when He takes you to places that are hard or dangerous. Before we can follow, He must be the Person of our highest affections—uncontested.
Pause and Reflect
• Does it make you uncomfortable that God calls you to love Him this way?
• Ask God to help you see as He does; repent for placing things and people equal with Him. Ask Him to make your heart reflect what is right about His place in your life.