10:37 “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. 10:38 And whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of me will find it.
With the way things are in this world, I sometimes think about what would happen if Christianity becomes illegal. Sometimes I think it isn't too far off. One of my biggest fears in this scenario involves my children. What happens to them if I take a stand for Christ? Are they killed along with me...guilty by association. Will there be a way to hide them? Are they taken from me and indoctrinated with anti-God propaganda? The latter choice is the most frightening to me. I have several small children who have not made a decision to follow Christ. I have a baby that is due to be born in just a few short weeks. If they are taken when they are too young to understand the gospel...then indoctrinated...will they be lost for eternity? My Mommy's heart can't stand the thought.
But, these verses make it clear that if the choice comes down to saving my children or denying Christ...there is only one choice. I must take a stand for him. I can only trust that he will protect my children's hearts...that they will still be able to find the truth without the influence of me (and possibly with the influence of those who are anti-christ). He always takes precedence.
We need to stand for Christ when our life is on the line. But, we need to live our life for Him when our life is safe. This almost seems harder. Living a life completely for Him. Lord help us to live in this way.