If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
32”Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my
Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before
my Father in heaven. 34”Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the
earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn “ ‘a
man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against
her mother-in-law – 36a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
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; 38and anyone who
does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life
will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
1. The marks of Jesus’ disciples according to this passage include: acknowledging
Jesus before men (v32), placing loyalty to Christ above even the bonds of family
(vv34-35), taking up his cross and following Jesus by subjecting one’s will to God
even as Jesus chose to subject Himself to the cross (v38), surrendering all for the
sake of his Lord (v37).
2. In a culture that values family highly, is it possible that you can be blinded by
familial loyalty to the truth of the Gospel? In what ways might we compromise
Scripture in order to have “peace” in our homes?
3. What does “take his cross and follow Jesus” mean to me? How am I sharing
Christ’ suffering in discipleship? Have I experience the joy Paul talked about?
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 2:9-12
Jesus told his disciples that if they want to be true disciples of Jesus, they have
to carry the cross to follow Jesus. Discuss what it means to carry the cross to
follow Jesus. How to do it in daily lives? Prepare some craft material ahead of
time. Make a cross with bristle board or other material. Have children decorate
it. Post it up in the kitchen as a constant reminder for the whole family