20 February 2017
WEEK 12: Unselfish Commitment
“Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:37-39, ESV 2011)
This might sound rather difficult to accept, but this is exactly what Christ demands from His followers: unselfish love, unselfish commitment. If you cannot value Christ more than your own life, if you cannot love Him more than all your family, friends and everything else, you are not worthy of Him. That means you should not even call yourself Christian if your life is not totally and unconditionally committed to Christ.
In the post-modern Western culture, there is a great tendency to make Christianity as cheap and as easy as possible: a ‘consumer friendly’ or ‘politically correct’ Christianity. Sadly, Christianity is portrayed by many popular preachers and authors as a mere lip service to God or as a self-help gimmick. However, this Western way of understanding and promoting Christianity is neither biblical nor in line with Christ’s calling.
True – and truly biblical – Christianity starts and ends with a radical commitment and undiluted love for Christ.
Jesus please forgive me for my selfish Christianity and half-hearted commitment to You. Jesus, today I decide to love You more than all, and commit myself to You totally and unconditionally.