And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. -Luke 9:23 ESV
Notice the three-point strategy that Jesus Himself gives us. Deny Self. Take up your cross. Follow Him. Keep it Simple Soldier; K I S S! The enemy’s NUMBER 1 weapon formed against us is CONFUSION! When people are confused they are NOT bold, they DON’T speak up, they WILL NOT walk into problems or turmoil, they DO NOT speak up, STAND UP or PUT UP with wrongs for the RIGHT REASON!
Leader, In Luke’s remembrance of Jesus words, He removes all EQUIVOCATION; “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26-27) However, Ephesians 6:2 reminds us “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise). Even the Torah compares the honor you owe your father and mother to the honor you have to give to the Almighty. It also says, ‘Every person must respect his mother and his father’ (Leviticus 19:3), and it says, ‘God your Lord you shall respect, Him you shall serve’. (Deuteronomy 10:20).
Conduit, God is NOT contradicting Himself. He is saying that NO RELATIONSHIP, or person, is more important than your relationship to God! If anything is between you and God- REMOVE IT! Matthew 18:8-9 states this clearly: So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. Jesus came to show us THE WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE, nobody comes TO the Father except THROUGH Jesus! Deny yourself, Take up your Cross and Follow HIS LEAD- He is THE example!