In Matthew, Messiah told His disciples, “Anyone who loves his 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.” Why is that? It’s because it’s not enough to love the Lord, to love Messiah. The Lord calls us not just to love Him, but to love Him ‘more than’. The Lord requires us to love Him more than anything or anyone else. It’s the same thing He asked of Abraham with the offering of Isaac. The reason why we have choices and temptations is so that we can use it to choose God over everything else. If you had no choices, how could you choose God? So, take all the temptation you deal with and see it in a new way, as a way to choose God over it. To put away, forsake, reject, and be done with every sin so that you do not grieve Him, but bless Him. Love God, but don’t just love Him. Love Him ‘more than these’, because He didn’t just love you— He loved you more!
Today’s Mission – Today, examine your heart. If you have anything that has taken precedence over loving God, restore God over that thing as your First Love.