What! It doesn’t sound like Jesus to be telling people to hate others, does it? This may seem to be the case, but Jesus is asking something He has often asked before, namely to love Him above anyone and anything. He asks us to follow Him even unto death. In the next verse He says, ”Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”
This is no light charge. He is asking you to be willing to die for Him. After He says this, He gives two short parables about counting the cost. Would you rather get your gratification and honor now and receive none of that, in fact the opposite of that, for the rest of eternity? Or would you rather be shamed, spited and tortured for years with the guarantee of eternal glory? This is a choice we all must make.
So how does this apply to our lives? I mean this is all great, but I’m not expecting to be beaten for my faith any time soon. Still, God calls us to love Him over everything and commands us to count the cost of everything we do. This means even down to who you spend your time with and how you act around others.
Because God is a loving and jealous God, He wants the best for us, which is spending time with Him. He wants you to spend your time wisely and for good purpose, not wasting what He has given you. Be good stewards of both the time and resources given to you. A good and faithful steward of God’s property is commanded to be, well, good and faithful. We are charged with the responsibility of acting how God leads us to act and following His Word.
Lastly, Jesus warns us of the result of not being faithful or fruitful. He describes a disciple who has not loved Him or given up all he owns for Him as tasteless salt not even good for the manure pile. He is warning us not to go the way of the world, from which no one can perform truly fruitful works.
So, as you have learned, God is a jealous God who wants His disciples to love Him above all else. He also wants you to count the cost of everything you do to be a good steward of His possessions He has given you. The result of failing to do this is to lose your fruitfulness and become useless for God’s kingdom.
- Are you willing to set aside all your earthly possessions to follow Jesus?
- When is the last time you chose God over earthly things?
This week’s devotional was written by Darrel Current. Darrel is a strong believer in Christ, striving to live in God’s will in every part of his life. He is homeschooled and enjoys running, music, and spending time outdoors.