I turned to my wife and tapped her on the knee and whispered this is going to be very difficult. My Pastor is continuing his sermon series on the hard sayings of Jesus and the text was in Matthew 10. My Pastor did a great job to bring us the meaning of this text, so to hear Jesus say “For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.”
This is going to be very hard for people to grasp and to accept, but it’s true. This sermon and this text really hit home for me as I watched this being lived out with my Mom and her family. The text was Matthew 10:34-39…..
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; 36 and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.
37 “He who loves 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. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.
I remember it was the summer that I got married, thirty years ago and I was twenty years old and my Mom met a woman named Polly that introduced her to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My Mom was convicted and pretty much changed her life, did a complete about-face, left her former life and worshiped the true and living God. Just like Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God. My mom wanted desperately to see people saved and was sold out for Christ.
Now let me say not all her immediate family was ok with this, my dad wasn’t at first, but believed just before he died in 1994. But her kids, we didn’t have a choice. She was all out for Christ and His kingdom, she would have scripture on the walls of our house for us to see, she began to write poems and send them out to her friends and family members. There’s where the persecution came in, it was in the form of her sisters and mother and mother in-law and sister in-laws, her brother and brother in-laws so to hear the words of Christ “A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.” It’s true!
As I look back on her ministry now, she wasn’t mean or insensitive, she was firm in her faith, she was grounded in the word of God, she was passionate and on fire for Christ and His kingdom. She was the epitome of the word Intrepid. She believed the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was the only thing that mattered, she believed that warning people of the wrath to come was the greatest act of love you can give someone. She waited for her Savior to come 1 Thessalonians 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.
I don’t want you to think my Mom was perfect, she wasn’t but she was faithful to the word of God and called people to Repent and Believe! Mark 1:15. My mom died a fews years ago with the knowledge that most of her family dis-owned her for her faith in Jesus Christ, and as my Pastor pointed out that loyalty to Jesus may sometimes cause conflict even within a family and it surely did in her case.
The cost of discipleship is the willingness to take up your cross and deny yourself daily and follow after Christ Luke 9:23 and suffer the consequences good or bad. I do pray that my Mom’s family is saved and seeds were planted by my Mom.
I can still remember my darling wife singing Amazing Grace to my Mom as she was dying on her bed and me thinking it is well with her soul and knowing she will hear good and faithful servant from her Lord, who she was faithful in and bolding proclaiming!
It was grace that brought her home!
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria