This hymn ” I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord” rings in my ear even as I continue with my Bible cell group mates on the small group study Radical by David Platt.
As we absorb, internalize the reality of being a radical for Jesus the subject of Radical Abandonment puts fear/chills in many when in the cold light of day we read “Matthew 10:37-38 New International Version (NIV)
37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”
Jesus requires superior love – does it really mean we must hate the people we love?
No – it is in comparison to Christ, it seems we hate the people we love. It must begin with a reservoir of love for the supremacy of Christ and God in our lives. With Christ supreme His love will drive everything we do, even loving our loved ones. We must forsake every other relationship in order to have an intimate relationship with Christ to give us proper perspective that others pale in comparison to Christ. What about filial piety especially in eastern concept based on Confucian teaching?
Jesus requires exclusive loyalty – what is the cost of this? Should an ISIS representative stand in front of us with pointed gun and asks “Are you a follower of Jesus Christ? ” What would our answer be? Will it be “We know no other” or like a few in the group confess – they will not answer or attempt to walk away hoping against hope to escape the test of loyalty?
Am I truly willing to go where the Lord wants me to go in my love for Him and relationship with Him?
Really, there will be peace when He is Lord. However, there is a struggle to love best between Jesus Christ and my loved ones when He is not Lord of my life.