Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:25-27 NKJV)


Thought For The Week: This is one of those topics that comes up more than once in the Scriptures. Who or what is more important to us than God? What are we really willing to do to follow Jesus? He did not earn salvation for us without paying a price. He also taught us that living a good, moral life is not easy in a world that is headed due south instead of true north. It was that way in the first century and is still the same in the twenty-first.

Jesus was constantly doing verbal battles with the Jewish leaders of the time as well as going up against the Roman authorities. Today, Christians are fighting a moral battle with the media, a battle for justice with leaders who at times are more interested in the bottom line, and a battle for truth in a world that has more “spin” doctors than medical ones.

There are times when these battles do cause fractioned families and broken friendships. We also may have to make sacrifices in our own lifestyles to do the right thing. We might even be called upon to go outside of our comfort zone for a cause. What will be your answer?

Prayer: Lord, You have sacrificed so much for us, and You ask so little. Please give us the courage to do the right thing and make the right choices. In Your Son’s precious name. Amen.

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