January 19, 2016 – Tuesday
Luke 14:26 (MEV) If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.
Yes, this is a tough commandment. We have to choose who we love – above all else. And that love must be so bright that it makes other kinds of love seem like hate in comparison.
A tough commandment. Plus when we love Christ so much, hatred is often the result.
Isn’t this true; especially at work?
When it’s apparent you love God so much that everything fades in comparison, some might ridicule you. Mock your kind of love. Call you names behind your back and sometimes to your face: Jesus-freak, Holy-Roller, Bible-thumper.
Yes, when your love for Him makes all other kinds of love seem like hate, hatred is what you can expect.
But it’s OK. It is a small price to pay.
At work today, don’t be afraid to show a love for Christ that makes all other love seem like hate. If your love for Christ is genuine, you will be His disciple.
And in discipleship, hatred cannot hurt you – not even in your workplace – not even today.
Lord, let my love for You be a beacon to others at work today. Give me courage to show how much I love You and how much You love me. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Chaplain Chris Summers
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama, USA