There is an old joke about what one junior firecracker said to
another, "My pop is bigger than your pop!" And this claim often
is made among young ones today. Maybe not in so many words, but
the pride of having the best dad in the world is common.
Jesus tells us clearly in scripture that this adage is not to be
the case: "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is
not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than
me is not worthy of me." (Matthew 10:37) We often put our focus
on and pride in our families. Nothing comes before family.
Everything is done for the good of the family. But then family
becomes the idol of our lives rather than Jesus. It is a
seductive and almost invisible truth.
But take heart! Jesus knows we all love our families and want
the best for them. He will enable us to continue loving them yet
transfer our first love to Him. How? One step at a time! We
shift gears by first saying it; then confirming it with our
families; and finally being able to demonstrate it, one
situation at a time. It's not a natural thing to say and do. Yet
with Jesus: God first, family next, and then church, will become
a litany as natural as breathing and eating. Let's give our
families to Jesus! He know best, just like Father knows best!
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