God Comes First

This week’s gospel from Luke (14:25-33) can seem very confusing when reading the words literally. Jesus says to the great crowds traveling with him, “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”

Is Jesus asking us to hate our families? Absolutely not. When the gospels were translated from the ancient languages into greek, english and others, sometimes the original intent did not translate perfectly. In the english language we have many words and phrases  which allow us to communicate feelings that come between the two extremes of  love and hate such as like, dislike, put-up-with, etc. Jesus is reminding his disciples that we came from God, we’re going to return to God upon the death of our earthly body and God is to come first among all of our priorities while on earth.  Got it?

As Christians, we’re called to love everyone. Within the commandments, we’re specifically told to honor our mothers and fathers.  When insulted, we’re asked to “turn the other cheek.”  When hurt in any way by another person, we’re reminded to forgive. Love is the Christian theme.

Jesus is asking us to decide what we value most and in no uncertain terms he tells his followers that God should be our top priority.

As Jesus continues addressing the crowd he gives us another parable, “Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’”

Upon what foundation are you and I building our life?  If we claim that God is our foundation yet we have not constructed the rest of our life in line with the foundation, we may not be able to finish the work to which we’ve been called.   With God as our foundation, our life is constructed one floor at a time in perfect alignment with a solid and immovable foundation. It is the foundation of love which allows us to eliminate our worldly fears.

When asked to choose between anything else – work, money, family, entertainment, fame, property, security – and God,  we know how to choose.

When we place God first, it effects and influences each of our thoughts, words and actions. You and I are Christ to each person we come into contact with. As Christians share our love of God with each other, we unite humanity with each other and with God. We are the body of Christ on earth.

This week’s not-so-subtle reminder: God comes first.

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