Some of the most challenging words Christ ever spoke concerned the disastrous problem of allowing our relationships with loved ones to be of greater importance than our relationship with him. “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,” Jesus said, “and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37). These words are discordant in the ears of today’s Christians who have been raised with the church’s relatively recent obsession with the family. Focusing on the family, “family radio” and the slew of “family-friendly” Christian services and ministries have led many to wrongly conclude that the apex of Christianity is some kind of idyllic family-centered life. But that is certainly not what we find in the Bible. The Scripture tells us that the only appropriate center for anyone’s life is the triune God. Every other interest, pursuit or relationship will ultimately fail in serving as the governing, central and chief love of a human heart. Only when God is the unrivaled focus and purpose of our soul will we be enabled to function as we ought in any area of life. Kids make for a lousy god. So do marriages. And so do careers, houses, reputations and good health. While we all enjoy the blessings of good families and all that may come with them, we must remember that we were made to exclusively worship and serve our Maker. We must never allow ourselves to love any of his gifts more than the Giver himself.
-- Pastor Mike
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