He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
Many people live very aware of their family. That’s not bad; parents should ensure their children and give them the best, especially sowing good values. The children, in turn, have a commandment from God to honor their parents. In Matthew 10:37-38, the Lord clearly states that whoever puts father, mother, son or daughter before Him, is not worthy of Him; in the same way, who is unable to face the sacrifices involved following Christ, it is not worthy of Him.
I have met people who say they serve Christ, but who consider their family as untouchable. These people are experts in ministering to others when they have a sick child or their mother has died. However, when illness or death touches to them, they don’t find comfort in God. It is as if they told the Lord: “You can take care of my spiritual matters, but do not touch my family because I can take care of them better than you.”
Undoubtedly, these people put their family first than the Lord, which disqualifies them to be worthy of Him. Let’s turn to Genesis 22:1-3 to see Abraham’s attitude: Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
Abraham obeyed the voice of God to whom he put ahead of his only son. In Genesis 22:10-12 we read: And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” At no time Abraham questioned God’s command but he was willing to obey.
Would you do the same as Abraham? Would you put Jesus Christ first than your children or your parents? If you become to Christ and your parents demand that you return to the tradition, would you do what your parents demand or you will stay attached to the biblical truth? If your children call for a meeting of friends at home the same day you’ve invited other brothers of faith to share the Word of God, would you stop your meeting to please your children?
I understand that serving the Lord is not easy and requires many sacrifices. Jesus never promised us that we would walk over a bed of roses but rather on the thorns of the roses. He always talked about taking up the cross and walk towards Him, but never said He would make us happy and prosperous. If His kingdom is not of this world, His servants need not be rewarded in the world which they do not belong.
If we achieve happiness and prosperity on this earth, praise God! But if not, also praise God! We learn to be worthy of the Lord Jesus Christ by putting Him first in our lives. Which neither our parents, or our descendants, and our partner, or our work, even we ourselves are above Him After all, He has already given more than we can give: his own life to save us. God bless you.