34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 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’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[a] 37 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. 38And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:34-39)
In this verse, Jesus is talking about how the Gospel, when revealed in its purest form, will divide people into two camps; believers and unbelievers. He most certainly did come to bring peace on earth and good will towards mankind, but in this context, He reveals the Gospel will be like a double edge sword dividing those who want to follow truth and those who do not. The Bible is the Christian’s sword. Read it and let the Holy Spirit guide you, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
There are only two camps. The worldy camp and the heavenly camp. The world offers death, sickness, sorrow, tears, destruction. Heaven offers eternal life without all the negatives. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4). —
You cannot belong to both camps. You cannot sit on the fence or have one foot in the worldly camp and one foot in the heavenly camp. You must choose. “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1 John 2:16) Satan does not want you to choose the Heavenly camp. He doesn’t want to lose you as a citizen of his camp, so he tempts you with the desires of the flesh, materialistic things, trinkets, false promises,booze, wine etc… The eyes see it and we must have it. He wants us to set our sights and goals on everyone and everything except God.
God offers something much better but we must keep our eyes on the prize and not be distracted with what the world offers. “However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:16) — We can’t even imagine how awesome, amazing and magnificent Heaven will be. We have never seen anything like it, but God wants each one of us there so much that He has prepared a place for those who love and follow Him.
Choosing the things of this world equates to eternal death. Choose the things of Heaven and you have eternal life and this life is in God’s Son. Choose the Son and you have eternal life. He paid the price of sin for you and me. “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11-12)
I choose life.