It is all or nothing with Jesus. He demands to be our number one priority!
Lord, You are worthy of every sacrifice. Loyalty to You will make me truly loyal to others. I choose You over all.
How can loyalties, to family or otherwise, hinder obedience?
Mission is uncomfortable! How we handle the difficulties and opposition will depend on our priorities. If our main concern is to have a happy life, or to be liked and accepted by others, then we will find following Jesus extremely costly emotionally (37,38) and spiritually (33). Very often the most painful opposition comes from those who are closest to us (35,36).
We might wonder why the "Prince of Peace" brings such terrible division rather than unity (34-36). The truth is that rebellion against God runs deep in the human heart. Our natural inclination is to resist and reject the truth about Jesus because we don't want to admit we need saving. If someone accepts their need for Jesus, they welcome God and welcome God's people (40). But if they reject Jesus, they will also be hostile to his people.
It is all or nothing with Jesus. He demands to be our number one priority (37-39). When we stop to consider the extent of his love for us on the cross, he deserves to be our number one.
Honestly consider: Is Jesus first in my life? Who directs what I do? Who do I most want to please?
My loving God, Your way is the way of life. Obedience to You is the only way to experience true blessing.