A Teaching of Christ That is Difficult–but is for Us…
Luke 14:26 26 “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. NASB95
Think of that: Christ calls us to be His disciples and to obey Him, even if it means we have to choose to follow Him over choosing our own families, our own spouse, our own children, our parent(s), or sibling(s).
Yes–really. Jesus made that choice Himself; this is evident in the Gospels. His Father’s “will” is what drove Him, moment by moment.
In this sermon, John Piper attempts to connect this teaching with Psalm 78, to speak to Gospel-living in areas of marriage, singleness and how parents are to view their children. It’s worth a read or a listen–for all of us. (With the usual caveats for areas where he differs in matters of faith/practice.)