Matthew 10:34-39 NIV
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn “ ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
How do these words make you feel? Simply, they are really challenging. Yet, equally simply, they are about priorities. Jesus is saying, 'put me first...even ahead of family.' It is also worth noting that Jesus said these words to a culture for whom family is pretty well everything! I bet these words went down well. Stunning and outrageous.
Lord Jesus, please send your Holy Spirit that I might lose my life for your sake. Amen.