First Love

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple...” (Lk.14:26-27)

Following Jesus is costly though the salvation He gives you is free. That was why the large crowds that were around Him often dropped out by the time He reached Calvary.

No Greater Love

There cannot be anything or anyone holding a better place in your life than Jesus. Your love for Him should be your passion and goal. Nothing should match it nor equal it, be it your spouse, children, parents, friends or members of family. Unless you are prepared to love Him even at the expense of all others-people and things- you cannot be His disciple.

‘Hate’ here is in comparison with the love for Jesus. The intensity of your love for Jesus should make all other loves look like hatred or if you are asked to make a choice between Jesus and anyone else, your obvious choice would be to choose against your own people.

No Lesser Sacrifice

You need to be willing to relinquish anything that can come in the way of your loving the Lord Jesus Christ-your personal rights, possessions, relationships, anything for that matter. These crosses you have to carry as you follow Him.

Jesus set aside the glories of heaven and took up the humiliating death on the cross by His own will. His cross was His choice for the salvation of mankind. Your cross is whatever you lay down for the sake of the Master and the after effects of it, may it be humiliation, persecution, financial loss, whatever.

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