Sadly, we live in a world where people write their own rules of behavior, and it even is found among Christians who profess to follow Jesus. The absoluteness of God’s Word means that I live by “the law of God” (Romans 7:25), not my own law.
““If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26–27).
Jesus was very clear about the requirements of being His disciple. Jesus was not denouncing those responsibilities that are God-given, “father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters,” but He puts them in the proper relationship to Himself. Jesus must come first and before anything else in life, even the closest relationships.
“Therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (14:33).
At the core of every issue in life is whether I make anything a priority before the Lord. We will discuss denying self later, but we must face the fact that our materialistic world and culture seriously affects how we handle possessions. If they come between us and our commitment and time with the Lord, then we have not learned to “renounce all.” Joy in Christ is measured by how much we surrender to Him.
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