Just watched a great message on “Your Greatest Temptation” from Pete Wilson and I thought I’d share his quote as well as the passage he was teaching about this morning:
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. (Jesus, from Luke 14)
Pete says: Now clearly Jesus is not condoning hating those closest to you. He’s purposefully using hyperbole to help us understand that we must love everything else less. Following Him must be our number one priority. We can’t allow good things (even family) to become ultimate things.
Here’s the big idea: Your greatest temptation will not be to chase after what is ridiculously evil, but what is deceptively good.
So, the idea is that the worst results come from taking good things (like our marriage, jobs, families, success, etc.) and lean on them, depend on them, and actually make them the things that subconsciously we are relying upon for our happiness and fulfillment, rather than Jesus. See how that ties in to the quote from Jesus above?
If you want to see more, the whole message from Crosspoint Church is here.