This coming Sunday, June 4, I will begin a new sermon series about how our discipleship to Jesus informs and shapes all of our other relationships.
Relationships define us. When we think about who we are, we think in terms of relationships to others: we are a son or daughter, a brother or sister, a husband or wife, a father or mother, a friend or an enemy.
Yet, according to Scripture, our relationship to God through Jesus Christ is of far greater importance to our identity and destiny than any of these others. In fact, there is a sense in which Christ separates us from these relationships when he calls us to himself. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26).
If these are the terms of discipleship to Jesus, how can following him be positive for our other relationships? The answer is, in short, that loving Jesus first and most transforms how we conduct ourselves as spouses, parents, siblings, children, friends, and neighbors. We will explore this further in the message for Sunday which will be Christ Between Us.
What do you think? How does your allegiance to Jesus affect your other relationships? Is it difficult for you to put Christ before your family? How could putting Christ first in your life, ahead of your family, be good for them? What problems exist in your relationships which are the result of letting other things come between you and God?