Today’s Scripture: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. LukeĀ 14:26

Jesus is all the world to me,
My life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day,
Without Him I would fall.
When I am sad to Him I go,
No other one can cheer me so;
When I am sad, He makes me glad,
He’s my Friend.
– Will L. Thompson

Jesus is all the world to me. Can you honestly say that? Are you so committed to the things of God that He means more to you than everything else in your life? We can look at the lives of some great men of faith and see that they truly lived this way. Job blessed God after all of his wealth was taken and his children were killed; Abraham was willing to offer Isaac when God commanded. Moses forsook the riches of Egypt for his people. The apostles left their homes, families, and jobs to be with Christ. These are only a few examples.

Another man who illustrated this principle was Horatio G. Spafford, the man who wrote the song “It is Well with my Soul”. Horatio Spafford was a prominent lawyer and real estate investor in Chicago in the mid 1800’s. Much of his real estate investment was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871. Two years later, he and his family were going to England, but he was delayed because of work. His family went on ahead, and he was going to meet them when he could. However, the ship his family was on collided with another ship and sank in the Atlantic. All four of Horatio’s daughters drowned, but his wife was rescued and sent him a telegram saying, “Saved alone.” Horatio then travelled to England to be with his wife, and during the trip, wrote the song “It is Well with my Soul.” Despite the terrible loss he had suffered, he could say, “It is well.”

His faith in his Savior was able to carry him through the immense pain he faced. Even though he lost all of his children, he still trusted God. I pray you will never have to face a trial like that, but whatever you are going through, don’t abandon God. He is the One Who is able to give the strength to go on.

Our friends and families are dear to us, but our love for God needs to be so much greater. Not only is He the One Who loves us like no one else can, but He is also the One Who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He is the One Who truly knows what we are going through, and He needs to be the most important thing to us. Christ even said we are to hate our own life in comparison to our love for God. Are you willing to sacrifice everything for God? Choose today to begin showing Him that He really is everything to you.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr