“If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” —Matthew 10:37-39
Who are you living life for— yourself or Jesus? Is Jesus first place in your life? Do you love Him above all? Are you faithfully following Him regardless of the tests, trials, temptations and persecutions that come your way? Or, are you putting family, others things or situations before Jesus? Are you not being faithful to Him to avoid persecution and difficult times that come from following Him? Are you trying to live life like you want to live life or are you seeking to live life as Jesus desires you to live life?
The Lord Jesus put it this way in Mark 8:34-38— “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
What will putting Jesus first be like in your life today with your time, your neighbors, your work, your school or whatever or whoever you may be involved with today? May Jesus shine through you whatever circumstances or situations that you may find yourself in.
Dear Father, may I truly love You above all. I can only love You because You first loved me. Thank You that I can fathom that You do love me, but the immensity of that love I am still seeking to understand. May I also love people as You do and may I do so in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.