One of the greatest blessings that I have ever received is the gift of my wife. Why is that? Ashley came into my life at the perfect time to help change my life. It took me a few years to change but I eventually did. More importantly, than her just changing my life, she gave me three amazing gifts over the next four years. She blessed me with three kids that mean the world to both of us.
Across social media, we see parents just like Ashley and me. Parents that are extremely proud of their kids. Parents who love their kids beyond earthly measures.
One of the hardest verses in the Bible for may to grasp is Matthew 10:37. This is a very powerful verse that tells us how we should love the Lord. “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of me. And he who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me”. Wow. That is tough to take in. I love my kids more than words can describe but we are to love God more.
Do we act like we love Christ more than we do our kids? Or Parents? Or Spouse?
Do we show our love for Christ-like we show our love for our kids? Or Parents? Or Spouse?
This digs deep into many of the social aspects of our life. If we intentionally skip an opportunity to worship God and let our kids play sports, does that show that we love Christ more than our kids? If we are eager to let our kids participate in activities that conflict with their spiritual growth with Christ, does that show that we love Christ more than our kid?
Believe it or not, our kids can become our idols. That sounds odd to say that kids can be a parent’s idol but when you place them and their activities above Christ, that is exactly what it becomes.
We need to show our kids that we love God more than anything, yes even them. The best part is that we can continue to love them the same as we do now and integrate Christ into everything and it will show them that Christ comes first. If you have the choice of a kids retreat with Christians to grow closer to God or a baseball tournament out of town; choose the retreat. The kids will see that our love for Christ benefits them as well and in turn, they will grow up with the same love for Christ that we have.
Loving Christ more than our kids, family, and friends is not an option, its a command and we must follow it to be able to live with Him for eternity.
God is Good.