“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. 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; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:34-42, NRSV)
Isn’t this kind of the opposite of what we think Christ came to do?
All throughout the Bible we read about the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, yet here Jesus said He did not come to bring peace but a sword. And if you do not hate mother and father and everything you can not be His disciple.
So are you ready to give up everything? Are you really to hate everything and follow after Him?
We do this by loving others by giving them what we see they need. We need to put God first in our lives in front of everything else that could take His place and love His creation as He does.
Are you ready?