A man's enemies will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
If do-gooders depend on family approval or assistance to do good, or if do-gooders focus their good works primarily on family and friends...
A. They will miss crucial opportunities. 'No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God' (Luke 9:62).
B. They are doing only what is easy. 'If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them' (Luke 6:32).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: One of life's most difficult lessons regards cherished families and friends. Because even the best make mistakes. Their vision is not as long as God's. Their support is not as strong as God's. Their wisdom is not as deep as God's. Their network is not as broad as God's.
When Jesus said we must 'hate' our kin, we may think this Order is cruel.* Because our loved ones give us purpose, companionship and understanding.
Yet when our family betrays us, when our children grow up and leave us, when death steps in to separate us, when brethren prevent our destinies (whether in ignorance or malice), we see why we must love Jesus first.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Only God will never let you down. Only God can love you perfectly. Only God can direct you truly. Only God can love your kin better. Only God is never fallible.
As for family? Christ said it best: 'Whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother' (Matthew 12:50).
You have blood kin, and you have Blood kin. God willing, they are one and the same. But if they're not? Pray for them and help as God allows. And if they are? Keep them close, but keep Jesus closer.
## Do-Gooders: Realize Family Is Fallible (Part 48)
* Luke 14:26 (NASB translation): '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 (Good News translation): 'Those who come to me cannot be my disciples unless they love me more than they love father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and themselves as well.'
* Luke 14:26 (The Message): 'Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters--yes, even one's own self!--can't be my disciple.'
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2016 series called, 'Do-Gooders.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.