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Matt. 10:37-39 Commandment 1

posted May 28, 2020, 8:40 AM by Jacob Boer

“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; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

The first commandment is “you shall have no other gods before me.” I am always surprised when people in the church tell me that this commandment doesn’t really have any weight today in our culture because we don’t worship other gods. Personally, I know my own heart, but it took Tim Keller’s insight that we too often take the good things God gives us and make them more important than God, making them gods in our lives. Rooting the gods out of our lives is a daily battle because it’s surprising how quickly something can move into out hearts and become a god to us without us even realizing it, sometimes for a long time. As we root out the gods from our hearts, Jesus becomes more important in our hearts and sacrificing our gods becomes a blessing that fills us with strength and courage to follow Jesus with everything we are and have.

Q. What does the Lord require in the first commandment?

A. That I, not wanting to endanger my own salvation, avoid and shun all idolatry, sorcery, superstitious rites, and prayer to saints or to other creatures.

That I rightly know the only true God, trust him alone, and look to God for every good thing humbly and patiently, and love, fear, and honor God with all my heart.

In short, that I give up anything rather than go against God’s will in any way.