Jesus came to show us the difference between doing something for selfish motives and doing something for love. Our love needs to be for Him and our actions done because of what He did for us. This world is set on our fleshly desires and Jesus taught us to forget our flesh and follow Him. We must decide that the truth is our only path and that we cannot let this world dictate how we live. Verse 37 says, “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.” It’s not that we don’t love them it’s that we love Him more and we learn to follow His example.
It is so easy to get caught up thinking that everything is ours when in fact all things have been given to us by God; our families our kids and stuff. We are part of the plan to make disciples and help people see Jesus in us. When we believe in Jesus, who is the truth, we can’t let anyone or anything get in the way of that desire. It is easy for us to do all for our families but we must not be willing to sacrifice what the truth is for them.
Verse 38 goes on to say, “If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine.” Warren Wiersbe wrote this in his commentary and I think it fits to our purpose as followers of Jesus. “Keep in mind that the theme of this section is discipleship, not sonship. We become the children of God through faith in Christ; we are disciple as we faithfully follow Him and obey His will. Sonship does not change, but discipleship does change as we walk with Christ. Today, faithful disciples are greatly needed, believers who will learn from Christ and live for Him.”
As we see ourselves as followers of Jesus we must continue to grow and learn so that our example helps others want to grow and learn as well. It is so exciting to realize how amazing Jesus is and that we don’t have to, but we get to, follow Him and help with sharing the Good News. When we learn enough to share and then teach or model we do exactly what Jesus says in Matthew chapter 28 verses 19-20 which say, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Again, it is so exciting to be a part of what Jesus called us to do, so we need to open our hearts and live out our new lives for others to see. Amen