Is Jesus all the world to us?
Is He more than a husband or wife, or child or grandchild, or parent, a friend or lover?
Is He more than a career, security, position, or status?
Is Jesus really more than this world to you or me?
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” – Matthew 10:37
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even their own life–such a person cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:26.
Can we honestly say:
“I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today” or “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” – Philippians 3:8
Why is it that we live this life as if this life is all that there is?
Why is it that we agonize over things that have no lasting value?
Why is it that we strive for something that will be gone tomorrow?
Remember the parable of the rich fool. The angel says to him “tonight your soul is required of you”.
“Indeed, what can a man give in exchange for his soul” – Mark 8:37
“Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life” – Psalm 49:7
If we have decided to follow Jesus let us do so with all that is within us.
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
And He (Jesus) said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
The answer to this week’s question:
Lot’s wife turned into a ‘pillar of salt’ after she looked back at Sodom and Gomorrah. (Read: Genesis 19)