Relationship with God > All Other Relationships

Let’s not continue to skip over the “hard things” in the Bible. In God’s eyes, true purpose in life is not derived from having a happy family. That’s certainly a plus, but by no means is that a promise. True purpose comes from intimate relationship with God that fuels the advancement of his Kingdom. In the below Scriptures, Christ maintains that families will be at odds. The context implies that true devotion to God comes before family, even to the point that it may bring separation and division in one’s own house if the other members are not on the same page. Clearly, the true child of God must consider their relationship with the Creator of more value than their relationships here on earth.

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come 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 person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:34-39)