Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said. “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”– MARK 10:28-31 NLT
Jesus is telling us that ANYTHING that comes between you and God is to be REMOVED, EXCISED…CUT OFF and MOVED out of the way! If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. (Matthew 5:29-30) Anything that comes between you and God is a SIN! Marriage, Spouse, Kids, Family, work, health, feeding hungry people; Lust of the Flesh, Lust of the eyes, and the PRIDE OF LIFE! (1 John 2:16)
Leader, the list that Jesus gives in MARK is clear: GIVEN UP, separated from; house, brothers, sisters, mother, father…FOR HIS SAKE! We tend to put MARRIAGE, FAMILY, CAREER, HEALTH on our THRONE- because God loves them, they become our GOD! We get so wrapped up in the things of this world, the temporal and what the WORLD and the CHURCH tell us are important. The only REAL IMPORTANT thing is our relationship to GOD! Everything else is everything else! “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison–your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26)
Conduit, the only one of the 10 commandments to have a blessing tied to it, is the fifth, honoring one’s parents, it pertains to one’s family and heritage. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” (Eph 6:2-3) Yet Jesus, when being secretly mocked by others about HIS DEITY, had this interaction: While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matt 12:46-50) Remember your FIRST LOVE and REMOVE anything or anybody that competes for your PRIMARY DRIVE and DESIRE- for the LOVE OF GOD!