Matthew 10:34 -11:1
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace to the earth. I didn’t come to bring peace. I came to bring a sword. 35 I have come to turn “‘sons against their fathers. Daughters will refuse to obey their mothers. Daughters-in-law will be against their mothers-in-law. 36 A man’s enemies will be the members of his own family.’ (Micah 7:6) 37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. Anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And anyone who does not pick up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 If anyone finds his life, he will lose it. If anyone loses his life because of me, he will find it. 40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me. And anyone who welcomes me welcomes the One who sent me. 41 Suppose someone welcomes a prophet as a prophet. That one will receive a prophet’s reward. And suppose someone welcomes a godly person as a godly person. That one will receive a godly person’s reward. 42 Suppose someone gives even a cup of cold water to a little one who follows me. What I’m about to tell you is true. That one will certainly be rewarded.” 11 Jesus finished teaching his 12 disciples. Then he went on to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
I find this passage challenging. Jesus is called the Prince of Peace, and he did bring peace between believers and God, and amongst believers, yet here we see division rather than peace. It is not that we aim to cause division, but the inevitable consequence of a mismatch of beliefs. I think Jesus is emphasising the depth of commitment I need to make to him. Is he number one in my life? Will I stay committed to him, even to the point of causing division in my family, whom I love dearly, or even to the point of death?
My response to this is that I need to not be scared to (graciously) say what I believe, even if others disagree. And I need to look out for the needs of other believers, again even if it is an unpopular thing to do. Jesus so wants us to look after each other that he talks about rewards for doing so.
Lord Jesus, please strengthen me, so that I can stand firmly in you no matter what happens in my life. Please help me to look to the needs of other believers too. Amen
Written by Megan Cornell