By: Stacy Davis
BIBLE TEXT: Luke 14:26
“If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison-your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters-yes, even your own life.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Ouch! As I read this verse this week, Jesus broke me. I always believed myself to put God first, love God the most above all else. However, as I read this, I had to search myself. I know how much I love my husband and my children. To hate them in comparison was strong to me. It told me truly how much God expects of me. How do I measure exactly whether I truly love God first? As I searched for answers that day and struggled with feeling as nothing would ever be enough, God whispered to me in my spirit. I tried to imagine if I could be as trusting as Abraham and place my children as a sacrifice…God whispered, “You don’t have to do that, I already have.” Then I remembered how I often tell my son that I love him with all the love God gave me for him. Again a quiet whisper, “With this, I know how much you love me.”
PERSONAL APPLICATION: While there is no scale to measure and I could never stretch my arms out big enough, I can express my love for Him through my love for others. I can love with His love, not just my family, but also my enemies. I can serve those who need, teach those who have not heard, seek His way daily, and listen as He speaks. I realize now that without the love I have for my God, I could not possibly love those around me the way I do!
PRAYER: Thank you, Lord, for the love you have for us. Thank you for the love you have given me for my family and others. Help me to daily find ways to express my love for you. Teach me to love those who are hurting and searching. Help me to love deeper and serve more. Help me to seek you in all I do and to listen when you speak. Place people in my path that need your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stacy has been married to Tommy for 6 years. She is the mom of 3 year old Peyton and 1 year old Faith, and step-mom of 10 year old Brookelyn and 7 year old Rexton. She is enjoying her time now being a stay-at-home mom and an independent sales consultant for Thirty-One Gifts. She and Tommy moved to the area and began attending Life Assembly in September 2010.