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God Must Be First

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By Larry Robertson
We talked about Christ's statement in Matthew 10 that "he came not to bring peace but a sword." He came "to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household."
Jesus taught, "If a man come unto me and hate not his father and mother, and wife and children and brethren and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." That's strong language. I think we don't look at the language of Jesus here and take it as we should. He's simply saying, there isn't anything, regardless of how close to you it is in your life, that ought to be strong enough to keep you from doing right. Even on down to the closest relationship that he could suggest must not let even this do that. And so, though we're discouraged sometimes, yet we cannot let it keep us from doing the will of God. He will not take second place in our lives.
When Jesus talked to these three around the villages of the Samaritans, one of them wanted to follow him but first had to go bury his father—Jesus wouldn't take that. He was saying, in fact, you can't put your mother or your father before me. You can't do that—or your wife or your husband or whatever. You have to put me first in your life.
The purpose of the trials we have, is that we may receive praise and honor and glory from God, as Peter said in 1Peter 1:7. And 1 Peter 4:12 says that we might receive joy at the end of our life.
And it also is to work patience. The trial of our faith is precious to us and important to us because it works pa­tience in our life. And, above all, that we may receive a crown of life. James says in James 1:12, "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation for when he is tried he shall receive a crown of life which the Lord hath promised to them that love him."
Peter tells us that though trials are for a season we are in heaviness through manifold temptation. But notice, that heaviness is seasonal. I think he had reference to a time of trial, a time of great problems, but even if it extends on out yonder to the very end, do you know what?...this life of ours is just a little season—just a little season. To all of us who are at that stage in life where we talk about having reached the end of that season, I'm not sure exactly where that scene of life really is but heaven will be worth all our struggles. People, we must go there!


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