"I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (Revelation 3:15-16)
Key notes in this article: (a) being in love with God (b) living your life for Jesus (c) being sold out for Jesus
Well, just a casual reading of the words of Jesus in the bible would cause you to come to a conclusion that Jesus is seeking those that would not be of a divided heart, but who would be in love with him and be willing to give up all for him. In fact, the “hard sayings” of Jesus that are found in the bible would ether make you run to him or run from him. This is evident in John's Gospel where Jesus said that you must (1)eat his flesh and drink his blood in order to have life in you. After having said this to his disciples, the bible says that many of them said: “This is a hard saying; who can hear it” and sadly many of them left and would not follow him anymore.
Now what is also interesting and worth noting is the fact that Jesus did not try to explain what he exactly meant when he spoke on these “hard sayings.” We can see this to be true not only with the passage stated earlier, but also when Jesus said that we are to take up our cross and following him or to hate those of your own household or even to pluck out our own eye if it causes us to sin. Now let it first be said, I do believe and know that Jesus loves all and cares about everyone’s eternal destiny. For that is what his Word proclaims. So, we know that Jesus is not trying to (2)chase people away so that they can perish (see Revelations 20:15). But again, I do believe according to his Word that he does want us to be totally sold out and in love with him. This is true even if it means losing your family because of it. For not all will share in your joy of embracing God, but instead there are those who may even get hostile against you.
"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. "For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'; "and 'a man's enemies will be those of his [own] household.' "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. "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. "He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:34-39)
So having said all that, how do we approach these sayings of Jesus? Well, if we would take a look at scripture itself, we would find that all things that pertain to God must be (3)Spiritually discerned. For we must not come to our own conclusion but to allow the Holy Spirit to teach us the true meaning of what is being said. So, let our attitude be as Peters who replied to Jesus question to the twelve apostles if they were going to leave also as did the other disciples. For Peter said: “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” (See John 6:47-69) So, we can see from Peters reply that he was looking much deeper into heart of the matter and not just coming to his own conclusion as did those that left. So again, we must not just try to understand these “hard sayings of Jesus” from a surface perspective, but we must look to God and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us their true and deeper meanings. In fact, we must look to the (4)Holy Spirit to help us understand, not only the “hard saying,” but to teach us all things as the scriptures says.
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