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Matthew 10:37-39

37 “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. 38 If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. 39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

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Time to take a step back. You know you should follow Christ – even through suffering – but what does following Christ actually look like?

Darren from We Are Messengers shares the verses that have both challenged and encouraged him when following Christ turned out harder than he thought it would be.

 

Darren says, “If we’re gonna follow His calling, we’re gonna have to risk it all… He says that there will be times that following Him is gonna hurt… But following Him is worth doing… I know this, God needs us to lose part of ourselves so we can become more intimate with Him.”

Sometimes we cling too tightly to things we love or want or hope for. Those hopes are not bad. But they’re not as important as following Christ and letting Him write our story.

Darren sees the Lord at work in His life, but it doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Maybe it’s the same in your life. Maybe things aren’t looking like you hoped. Maybe God has called you to a life that’s harder than you were expecting. Rest assured that He’s still at work and that the journey worth it. You are part of a bigger story – one that glorifies the perfect Creator who loves you.

“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

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  1. Profile photo of Missy P

    Darren, This scripture reading is profound. Thank you for your honest perspective on being obedient to God’s calling. Essentially, we have to put God above everything else. This can be challenging at times.

    Thank you.

  2. Margie

    A very brave man to leave so much behind in his life. He truly must love God !has given his whole life to Him.

  3. Stephanie

    Wow, this small group has been so spot on for me every day that I read it. God is very much so using you all to speak to so many of us. Jesus took my dad to heaven just over a year ago–one of my closest and best friends. My #1 biggest fear was living on this earth without my dad, but I’ve had to do so for over a year now. Darren said “God needs us to lose a part of ourselves so we can become more intimate with him.” I agree completely…I’ve experienced God in a different way through this grieving process. Losing my dad definitely felt like losing part of myself; however, knowing he’s with our Savior has given me a new perspective on our Good Father, who I can run to and be completely honest with about my grief and still find peace.

  4. Regina Rhodes

    Thank you for sharing

  5. Adjoa

    One thing I’ve realized is that before I became a true follower of God, life was somewhat easier because I could do whatever I want without putting one one before me, but once I realized what a true God lover is and how I need to put Him first in the beginning it wasn’t easier but I am growing day by day and I never regret that decision. Best decision ever. In my weakness He is forever strong

    • Cody Deno

      I can relate with you on life being easier before becoming a Christian. Even though life is more difficult now, it was absolutely worth becoming a Christian. Now I have Good, Good Heavenly Father who is always there for me and will help me thru anything. THEN at the end of this life I get to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
      GOD IS GOOD!

  6. Marie

    Such a beautiful & poignant message. God knows and rewards our obedience in many ways-sometimes subtle, sometimes bold! Thank you for sharing your message-very thought provoking!

  7. Share n Driskell

    I’ve always loved this verse.

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    Unathi

    Thank you for this testimony of your experience in God’s calling. I can relate, but it’s a very backwards story, mine. I was taken from the place God called me to, and made to come BACK to USA. It’s been one crazy trial after another, but God wants me to serve Him where I am. Love Him wherever I am, love Him more and most. Even the dream He planted in my heart is not what I should love most. It’s Him. He’s worthy to be loved most. It is He I should follow and make my priority. He’ll accomplish the dream in His time. I need to remain faithful to Him.

    I’m praying for all of us who are struggling with the hard choices to keep God first. He’s faithful to complete all He’s begun, but we must not lose hope and we must not lose sight of the most important thing: loving Him best.

  9. Josh pagan

    Thank you , those words was well received. The lord has taken my wife after 30 years together. Yes it’s very hard but I know god has a plan for us , he has started a Chagen in my life and I’m very gapeful for that. May god keep bless you and all of us amen..

  10. Christine Lee

    Wow….this hit me this morning! One of my son’s just recently left home to attend a Discipleship Training School out of state and will leave the country in January for 2 months. After that, he plans on more training and more overseas mission trips to prepare for a life of full time Missionary work. Letting go has been hard, thank you for this reminder this morning! God first.

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    Milli

    Thank you so much! They are words of comfort and challenge. Our God is a jealous God and we must follow him first.

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    Gil47

    We have to put Christ first in all things we do. For without Him we are nothing, He is the great provider. Take it “One day at at a time” and always give thanks and praise to the Lord.

  13. Michelle Sanders Brinson

    I couldn’t agree more. Whenever we hold on to something other than Jesus, we take our eyes off of the one who holds it all and in holding too tightly to “things” we are destined to fall.

  14. Profile photo of susieqgray

    This hit me so hard I was in tears. I know I have been guilty so many times of clinging to this life,saying “your will be done”,yet still holding onto the things of this life I treasure, the dreams and plans I have, which may not be in God’s best plan for me. Dear Jesus, even if I have to pray this every day, please let me surrender every aspect of my life to you! Amen

  15. Abbie

    I really connect with what he’s saying today. I’m struggling with my marriage right now and the biggest reason is because I have come back to Christ full force and have started making changes that reflect that. My husband is still living the life he always has and hats not grounded in Christ. I want desperately for him to find Christ and change his life for the better but I believe in what God says in today’s verse. We are going to have to make hard choices that may result in criticism from family or society but if we know our choice is geounded in Christ we know it’s the right one and that He has a plan and a reason for expecting that sacrifice.

    • Profile photo of Rebie WAY-FM

      Saying a prayer for you today, Abbie! Hope this verse reminds you to keep going!

  16. Profile photo of Nhutchinson

    What an awesome reminder wwe must put God first! Thanks for your honest and obident answer to Gods calling. This has lifted my spirit.

    • Kelly

      These daily devotionals have helped me to depend my trust in God. My parents are getting divorced after 40 yrs after my mother has had multiple affairs. Thru this latest affair she lied directly to my face multiple times. No daughter should experience this. This specific lesson has encouraged my convictions to keep distance and firm boundaries between myself and my mom u til she has better mental health. I have came to her rescue many times, but cannot risk her hurting my children like she has emotionally scarred myself. I will hold tight to these scriptures….THANK YOU! I will continue to trust God and lay this situation at his feet. I will continue to hope and believe good will come from it and that my mother, who I have loved since before I knew her, will repent and be cleansed and give her mind, body, and soul back to God. She is worthy to be saved, but only God can heal her at this point on her life.

  17. Jennifer Knisely

    I always remember that God is in control especially for my life struggles right now and pray that God provides the right answer to the judge for my children.

  18. Nicole

    When God is ultimately first place everything else will fall into place. It makes sense because I’ve seen people who say they love the Lord but when the storm came and something very tragic happened, their life fell apart. We have to be grounded in Christ because He doesn’t want our lives to fall apart. I do believe when we honestly lay this life down and pick up our cross and live for Him the freedom comes and we will understand what this verse truly means. Our God is love.

  19. Shannon Kirchner

    Wow…i needed to hear that. Thank you!!!

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    Teresa

    Great message. Yes it cost to follow Christ but it’s worth following that call.

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    Tammy

    Thank you for sharing this with us, I know there is alot I need to learn from this group and implement in my own life. I’m struggling now so it’s difficult but reading these stories are helping.

  22. Wendy Newell

    Thank you for those words. It puts a lot into perspective for me.

  23. Profile photo of Theresa

    Losing my mother this year, today’s lesson really hit home. It is hard to be away from your parents or children, but in the end, we have to go where God calls us to be. The struggle I have is that I believe that my daughter is being called to missions work internationally and that means I will not get to see her as much and that really hurts because we are so close, so I am learning that I will have to lose her so that God’s work can be done.

    • Profile photo of Rebie WAY-FM

      Thank you so much for sharing, Theresa! I’m saying a prayer for you this morning.

      Also, we’re giving away Beyond Suffering Bibles to people who comment this week. You should check your e-mail because you’re today’s winner! ❤️

      • Profile photo of Theresa

        Thank you so much! I am excited to experience this new Bible!

  24. Thank you for sharing with all of us. I have not “lost” my life for any BIG Christian cause other than to just be a follower of Christ. I am 53 and when I was 19 I gave my life to Christ. In doing this I lost relationships with my mom, dad, and sisters. My mother accused me of being in a cult and that it was just a phase, she kicked me out of the house with the clothes I was wearing and the backpack on my back. It’s been hard living with knowing that my family is right there, but they will not have relationship with me or my family. BUT, God has blessed me with my own family, a wonderful husband and two children. Although I live daily with an ache in my heart and desire for relationship with my parents and sisters, God has shown me that HE is good…all the time. Amen.

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    Ann

    Thank you very sharing that. You’re right. We have to give up ourselves and live faithfully.

  26. Katie T

    Thank you Darren. I’ve been praying what I should do because I’m at a crossroads. God just used you to answer my question.

  27. Profile photo of taluvia

    I pray for all of us that struggle with what these verses mean. My family is basically scattered to the 4 winds, and I miss them so much. But for the moment, I am where God has called me.

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    Rhonda

    What a great testimony! Thank you.

  29. Aleda Hagan

    Very powerful scripture! Sometimes we get so comfortable with our lifestyles that we follow our on goals and forget to follow the path that God wants us to take.

  30. Terri

    Thank you so much for sharing. Suffering of any kind will certainly test our faith and if we are truly willing to follow him. I am going through my biggest test so far in my 36 years of life, cancer. Thankfully God has put many people in my life to speak the truth even when it is a challenge to hear and live out. The worlds biggest small group and the topic of suffering couldn’t have come at a better time. I was diagnosed the week before it started. Thanks to everyone who has taken time to lead devotions and share a part of their personal struggles so openly and honestly.

  31. Profile photo of andrew pickett

    Ya know, I read these verses and think, in most situations, the natural human instinct is to put yourself before any others, but it’s love for others that changes that prospective. But human beings will always still care about their well being. Christians in the middle East are putting their well being in harms way and some are getting murdered for their faith in God. Some days I’m not certain I have a strong enough love and faith in God to throw myself in harms way like that, but I believe I’m growing in my faith every day and I would love to have such a strong faith and love for God that i am just bursting at the seams wanting to tell the whole world, wether it will be risking my life or not, and that also makes me think back to the apostles. Some were murdered for their faith as well and went totally against the government of the day. I would love to have a faith that strong one day but I believe I’m getting closer day by day

  32. Profile photo of mbatchelder

    Wow! I needed this today. God reminded me how much I need Him in my daily life.

  33. Mrs. B

    Really hit home today…..but it was very true. Thank you for leading today’s group.

  34. Profile photo of mhawkins1980

    Thanks so much for sharing. I’m learning so much from this group.

  35. carley

    This is a good reminder too push through and follow God Through hard and easy times. Thank you for sharing

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    LisaD

    Well said Darren! I know that we tell God I will “GO” where He says… But, sometimes we forget, until He calls us out and really “calls our bluff” to see if we are truly willing to follow Him with our Whole Heart.

  37. Natalie tomblin

    I never really think about the first part of that passage. Loving God more than my family. That is a tough calling. I think it’s easy to let my love for family get close to my love for God. This passage changes my perspective in making my schedule. I think I need to reprioritize my day.

  38. Madelyn

    Thank you for your message today. This hit me like s ton of bricks

  39. Pam Ahrens

    Thank you for sharing your story with us today. I’ve been challenged to follow the Lord more closely than ever.

  40. Cheryl J Marsh

    I am enjoying every devotion and video. I loved especially what Darren said in his message today. Thank you for bringing me to The World’s Largest Small Group. My name is Cheryl and I am WAYFM.

  41. Profile photo of Roberta

    Thankfully we live in a technological age where we can keep contact with our families while travels take us away from them. Skype, Facetime and the like allow for those face to face meetings through technology, but the most important message seems to be “remember to take time to walk in the garden”. As a father, Darren, remember to make time for this walk everytime you are in the presence of your child, and remember to walk in the garden with the Lord at all others.

  42. Ginger

    Such a great testimony! I have really enjoyed this small group!! As I am struggling in my own life right now being a part of this group has helped so much.

  43. Thanks for your Testemony Darren! God Bless you and your family ! Your comment about following Jesus sometimes it is gonna hurt is so true it does! God is so faithful to pour out his love and closeness in our suffering times though and he does turn it all out for good in the end I believe! God bless!

  44. Profile photo of Kellycat71

    When I get jealous of what someone else has, I hear the Spririt tell me this is how our Lord feels about us. He gets jealous when we put other things first. I am thankful I can hear and I pray that I can truly stand up for Jesus, put Him first above all else. It’s not so much this life, but life afterwards that is eternal we must strive for. I hold onto hope to carry thru my present struggles, how God must be put first even above my son.

  45. Profile photo of yparrilla84

    This particular message has really touched me in a profound way. I too moved away from all I know and while the distance may not be as far as Darren’s it is extremely difficult to leave your family behind. My parents are elderly and their health is declining and my sister and nephews are stuck in the inner city life that doesn’t bode well for their futures. It is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when what you love is left behind, Looking back at the last 6 years it is now that I am seeing all the pieces together and seeing why God had taken me down certain paths. My journey is far from over but I know that with the lord and having groups like this to lean on and reflect deeper on Gods word I can make it!

  46. THE BEST STATEMENT IN THE WORLD TO LOVE GOD MORE THAN ANYTHING, ANYBODY. HARD WHEN WE HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM (MOST OF US) I PRAY THAT I AM DOING IT HIS WAY

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    jeffl

    My mom spent many years telling me I had to find faith. Later in life I became a believer and joined a fantastic bible believing church. My mom told me I found the wrong faith. Our relationship was never the same after that. I tried what I could to mend it and honor my mother, but there was too much bitterness in her to let go of old hurts. This scripture has always penetrated me, probably more that it should.

  48. Christina Perry

    What a powerful message! It reminds us that we have to give ourselves wholly to God in order for him to do his work in our lives. We can’t fully love others until we’ve given ourselves over to him. He teaches us how to love others. Great message!

  49. Virginia Schermerhorn

    I needed to see this today. I’ve been feeling weighted down with the burdens of life and thinking this isn’t what I signed up for. I needed this reminder that God is still in control, knows my struggles and is working his good through it all.

  50. Rebecca Foreman

    Thank you for your message.. I’ve been in a time of extreme suffering this past year and st times feel hopeless and pray for a end and some light in the darkness. Your message was encouraging to me that God hasn’t forgotten me, I need to just keep my eyes on Him. He has a plan.

  51. Ezra Hernandez

    Ty for reminding us that we must always put God first in everything.

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    Dkeele

    My folks have been sharing the gospel through music all my life. That always comes first before everything. I hated it as a child and I didn’t understand it. Now that I’m older sometimes it still bothers me that music comes first. Hearing it from your perspective helped me understand why they did and continue to sing. Thank you for sharing your story.

  53. Curtis

    Very transparent and real. Even our family our ‘life’ can interrupt our walk with Christ if we cling too too much to it

  54. Profile photo of Melissa Boone

    This message really hit home with me because I have been feeling that God is preparing me for something more than what I am doing today. This message reminded me that no matter what following God and being obedient may cost me it wilol be worth it.

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    CSharp

    Thanks for your story, that leap of faith to leave your family to follow what God has for store for you here is priceless. Jesus is the answer! Thanks for sharing the truth to others with your song and praise. We all know it comes from God, we give him all the glory!

  56. Profile photo of CarrieAnn71272

    So beautiful. I endured some of the same fears and struggles I wentered through about 6 yrs ago with my children and husband. I found my flesh trying to react as I had 6yrs ago. It was gut wrenching, painful and the fear my flesh was striving to stay in and automatically react too was so difficult to fight. It’s reminded me I’m holding on to tightly to my family in what I think should be or happen vs letting God lead. What a powerful message today. It reaffirmed what my soul knew all along. Trust in God in ALL things.

  57. Cassandra Early

    He finally made it clear to me to what it means to walk more closely with Jesus. It makes me a better person that can relate with my family.

  58. I severe so bad with anxiety I would love to have this

  59. Profile photo of Susan413

    For me, this verse is about placing God first, front and center. First, in the midst of my grief, my struggles, my excruciating migraines. First, during my peaceful, happy, content moments. The Lord above all else in “every” moment. I’ve seen Him work in my life many times.
    I have experienced peace in doing this.
    Times when I’ve had painful surgeries and have placed Him first by allowing His will, offering up my physical pain, and saying o.k. You are in control here, you are working this situation for all good.
    I have a pocket cross that says, “It’s not about me. It’s about Him.” It’s a reminder that He’s centerstage in my life.

  60. Sherry

    Love this reminder that our families are our but for a short while (in a sense). Yes we are always family but we can not hold on to our loved ones so tightly that we do not allow God to use them for his purpose or to use us for his purpose. In this we fulfill our purpose and God can use us in marvelous ways to shed his light to a suffering world around us.

  61. Joyce

    Inspiring and meaningful; I too left my family moving 1200 miles away!

  62. Profile photo of gail
    gail

    I know the longing to see your family is a daily feeling. Know this, your music brings hearts closer to God, it does mine. Peace be.

  63. SylliBee

    …. sometimes it does mean giving up someone you love. God called my only biological daughter home… the pain softens a little with time, but it will always be there. I could have never imagined that this devastating time in my life would have brought me so much closer to God rather than turning me away. God is in the Forefront of my thoughts with every action I take… Far more than ever before in my life.

  64. Kirsten Borges

    We are experiencing this in our lives right now. My husband received a call to be a principal at a Christian boarding school. It would mean moving from the west coast to the east coast. It also means long hours apart from him (he works about 14-16 hours a day during the week). We had always said that we would never want to work at a boarding academy because of the long hours and lifestyle. (He has always worked at Christian schools but never a boarding school) But when he received that call I prayed. I prayed every day. And God gave me peace. I told my husband “I believe God wants you to take this job”. So we have been here now for 4 months and though there have been the hardships of leaving our families behind it has been such a beautiful blessing to be here. I can see that this school needed my husband. We all miss our friends and family at our old home but to see what God is doing through us here is awesome.

  65. Larry Crenshaw

    I had no idea he was Irish …. wow and what a great testimonial to his love and commitment to and for God and family.

  66. Profile photo of C_dukes00

    Thanks for the reminder of what it means to really follow Christ above everything else. We’re facing a big move and career change in the next year and this was such a great reminder that if God is calling us He’ll cover our relationships and our children, but that it will also require sacrifice on our part to follow Him.

  67. Tarnie

    Wow Darren. You get it. You really get our great God, and His most indescribable plan in His son Jesus…..for us. Sinners. Ugly, worn, selfish, tired sinners. His son….died. We deserve to. Not Him. But He did it.
    The fact that you use your gift of music to share this MOST important message…..The fact that you do that, even though you have a “most beautiful wife” as you said, and amazing kids that you walk with, talk with, share Jesus with……well, thank you. Thank you to your wife! Your kids. Your band. Your parents. You keep at it Darren! It’s so powerful to all kinds of people out here watching to see your beautiful example of a man of Christ.

  68. Profile photo of Oldenburglj

    As a mom, I have struggled to keep God first, especially above my kids. His kids. Your story, Darren, and your faith that God does not want you to lose that relationship with your family, really touches me deeply. If love is a choice, I need to Choose to put God first, even above his most precious gifts. I’ve learned that these kids are mine, but they’re also not mine. Truly, they belong to God, and what a wonderful Father He is.

  69. HOPE BEACH

    That’s so true that you have to give up in order to gain.

  70. Dean

    Great scripture today about where our hope is. Thanks for an honest look.

  71. Beth

    I have had to lay my children at the foot of the cross and let God be in control over their lives and choices that they have made…God is in control and He us in His care, He loves us and wants us to come to Him in all things…

  72. Kari Stanley

    Thank you for this reminder of how important it is to put Christ first. Life has been so hard for me and if I can just remind myself that I’m not alone, than it would make it so much easier.

  73. jennifer vice

    I would love one of these bibles of my husband. He lost his Mom to suicide and this whole challenge has really been life changing for him and I.

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    Scott

    When I think of the big picture, God, Christ created everything that is created, HE holds the Universe in the palm of His hand. But before He created me before, the foundations of the world, He knew my name, my past, present and future and still gave me free will to live in the spirit or live in the flesh, after years of thinking I knew what I needed to happy, joyous and free only to crash and burn I have learned to listen to the One who knit me together in my Mothers womb, loves me more then I could ever imagine, that to surrender to His will, put Him first in everything, all things, for those that love Him and follow His ways work out for good and bless me with grace, peace and joy.

  75. Veronica Benton

    How much loss is enough? How much pain is enough? I have selfishly thought my pain was so horrible, so unbearable, that I couldn’t/didn’t/wouldn’t go on with my life. Then I looked at the crucifix hanging on my wall and thoughts came to me that the pain I maybe going through is NOTHING compared to a father’s death of his only son nor the pain that Jesus suffered on the cross.

  76. Veronica Benton

    I had thought the pain and suffering I am currently going through was so horrible I couldn’t/wouldn’t/wasn’t going to stay in this world. Through my tears I looked up on my wall hangs a crucifix, thoughts came to me that my suffering I’d nothing comp to a father who brutally lost his only son for a sinner like me. My suffering is nothing compared to what my Lord and Savior Jesus went through.

  77. treva florence

    We were just speaking on this is church last Sunday. This is something i think we struggle with most. Following Christ is not always easy and we will be required to sacrifice somethings along the walk.

  78. Profile photo of Willyfrogrw

    Great message about the cost of following Jesus. Each of us have our own price we pay, remembering Jesus paid the highest price when he left his family to die for us.

  79. Susan Barr

    It is hard when you have to walk away from family and drama to pursue our personal relationship with God. But this passage reminds us that that is exactly what God has called us to do sometimes. Helps us feel not so alone or lost.

  80. Profile photo of Stephanie H

    I didn’t think of those verses in that way. Thanks for the new perspective, Darren. Those verses always scared me. It frightens me to think God would take away my Mom and my Son if I love them too much. But what is too much? I can’t help but to love them a whole lot. But I did choose to follow God. He told me to move thousands of miles from Mom and to trust Him to care for her. It hurts to be so far from her, especially nowadays but I need to trust in Him.

  81. Debra

    A wonderful reminder that we MUST release ALL to God! 💖

  82. Profile photo of Big Country

    Boy did I need this! I have to trust God with some decisions and find where he is calling me! That could be moving away and going to a college in an area I’m unfamiliar with! These verses and what Darren said is so true and something I really needed. This came at just the right time! Thank you!

  83. Becky Kissler

    It is so hard sometimes to leave what we know and follow God, but when we do God blesses us in ways we can’t even have imagined. We serve an amazing God!

  84. Christine

    Darren, thank you for sharing and opening up, as well as explaining what this verse looks like in your own life. It’s hard to do, as humans, I think when it comes to putting aside ourselves, our wants, even giving up time spent with family, etc. but following God IS WORTH IT!!!

    Thanks also for putting on an incredible show with We are Messengers at Winter Jam this year. See you all again soon. God bless!

  85. Profile photo of Bekasmith

    That is the hardest lesson I am still learning. To let go of my comfort and family trusting that he loves me and my family enough to protect us and give us what we need when we need it.

  86. Brit Maxx

    Thank you for sharing your journey, Darren. God has been trying to teach me this lesson as well for the last two years. I’ve been pregnant three times in the last couple of years and I have lost all three of those precious babies before the end of the first trimester. During this time of deep loss, God has helped me to see that the one thing I want more than Him is family. He has been reminding me that nothing can fulfill me like He can, and that His plan is better than my plan. It is incredibly difficult to surrender and trust Him when we experience such unending grief, but it will all be worth it in the end. I am excited for the day when we will see Him face to face and understand the depth of His great love for us.

  87. Charissa

    It can be very difficult to make God the number 1 priority in our lives but as Darren said the Bible is very clear about that. Wonderful reminder in this devotion.

  88. Profile photo of Lori Womeldorff

    Very powerful. Thank you for the reminder that no matter what we need to follow and trust in Christ.

  89. Profile photo of rosaleger

    yes sometimes we wonder why the whole family cant be together . I wish my mom is here with me but thanks for teaching me to obey my Lord and savior. Thanks Jesus

  90. Profile photo of Jbryant424

    Thank you for sharing. This was such an encouragement.

  91. Joy Sherbondy

    God is good and He can be trusted and if He requires that we give something up, we must trust He has a good reason. Some things we will not know this side of the cross but it will all be worth it in the end. Because God only allows suffering for a greater good.It’s all faith training…this study is helping myself and so many others come to a better understanding of persevering in faith no matter the cost. And it is ever so timely.

  92. Karla Koerner

    Wow! That was amazing! It’s a great reminder to the cost of following Jesus.

  93. Thank you, Darren, for putting these verses in perspective! I agree that what God is saying is that we are to put Him first, to go where He calls us to go, to do what He calls us to do- basically it’s being obedient to our Father! And while He calls us to put Himself above our loved ones, we must remember we are His loved ones. Those wee babies of ours are His grandkids and when He calls us to go and be for Him, because He loves us so, He would not do it In a way that would put wedges between himself and them nor us and them. The key is to sit on His lap each day and listen to His heartbeat, to know Him so intimately that there is no doubt it is His voice we hear calling!

  94. Shelly A Harris

    I truly believe this. I was clinging to a life that was not only bad for me, but that landed me in jail. While I was there for 7 months, I recommitted my life to the Father. He kept me there long enough for me to lose my fear and find faith immediately, and to bring to a Christ-like way of life. He brought me and my family back together. My life is tough now being out on probation, but the journey is less as hard because of Him. God bless everyone.

  95. What awsome words to know that following our Lord and Savior sounds costly but understanding that it’s priceless. God Bless.

  96. Carla Lechner

    Wow, thank you, Darren. Thank you for the reminder that following Christ is the most important thing we as Christians need to do. He is definitely worth the risk of losing ourselves to follow Him. My mom hated Christ and all that He stood for, and she knew I am a Christian. She taunted and persecuted me with her words and with her withdrawal of love. But, through it all, He was with me and gave me the strength to stay close to Him. She’s deceased now, and I am still a Christian! I love Christ more today than I did at that time in my life, and every day I fall in love with Him all over again! Thanks, dear brother in Christ! God bless you.

  97. Mary

    His personal illustration gives life to those verses and helps me understand it just a bit more.

  98. Veronica Murillo

    I really need this book

  99. Jan

    Very encouraging words to my soul today.

  100. sherri klotz

    Wow…thank you daren and Betty for yesterday’s post. I’m going through a,really rough divorce after 8 years of abuse. There are moments I am so grounded in Him and confident of my direction to get free and heal…,other moments I’m hurting so much it hurts to breath and I’m scared and so broken hearte.
    Thank you for the reminders of the Truth. I need it…Him constantly.
    God bless you for sharing your testimonies in these areas!

  101. Teepee

    Thank you for your testimony, Darren . God reminded me of Prov.3:5-6 when He told me 3 years ago to “Let go and let me.” I can see some of the puzzle pieces coming together but it is not the path I would have chosen. He also reminded me that “all things are possible with Him.” He will continue to work good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. We just have to trust Him and KNOW that He has got this.

  102. Gerrie Cromer

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  103. James Foster

    Needed this.

  104. Thank you Darren for your sharing of the gospel. I pray that if the situation arises I will always put God first.

  105. Gloria

    Thank you Darren for your insight on this scripture. I struggle with seperating from family to become who God created me to be. I have felt guilty for moving away from my parents because it was an unspoken rule that the girls are suppose to take care of their elderly parents. Blessings to you and your family.

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    Darren,
    Thank you for this message. The Lord used it to remind me of a request I made of him years ago before I started my family. I am beginning to realize that in order to fulfill this legacy in Christ for my family now and in the future, I must meet some of the bandages and fear head on. And the Lord used your words to allow me to see that a few of the sufferings that I have faced have been some of my biggest fears that I, alone, have been trying to conquer, avoid, or run away from.

    • Teepee

      Amen! Me, too. Thank you for this reminder,Maryepa.

  107. Kim Jacobi

    I had to listen to Darren’s message twice. I was captured by his wonderful Irish accent initially that I couldn’t focus on his message. I can relate to his message.
    I have the habit of clinging to tightly. I have to remind myself all the time to “Let go and Let God”.
    Sincerely, Kim

  108. Jan

    I have been fighting with having hope with things going on in my life and my husbands sickness. So hard to cope with the attitudes from a person that suffers from constant migraines and the way the pain takes control and can be so mean spoken.

  109. April

    Your words DO mean a lot. Even though I’m posting late, I appreciate these verses and your own experience with them. As an adult, I’ve moved about a lot and twice went to Japan, leaving family far, far away. It’s still difficult even now, as I live with an aunt and uncle bc I can’t yet afford to live on my own, but it’s definitely not been an ideal situation.

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    Train

    A good reminder that God’s path for us is not always an easy one, but so worth all of the pain in the end.

  111. Starr

    One of the hardest lessons to learn as a Christian, but being refined and holding to God’s will for our lives brings a fullness that nothing else can!

  112. Kim

    I would like to say Thank You to your family for allowing sharing you with us. Great message.

  113. Althea Walton

    Thank you so much for that.Truly,life is definitely harder than I could ever imagine but I still trust the Lord with all my heart.
    Certainly,life for me has been in capital letters.

  114. Maggie

    Tears! Confirmation that I made the right decision. I loved hearing that God said following him would cost us some things of ourselves, but as I previously mentioned on another read, it’s been difficult, but worth the fight! Thank you Jesus for reminding me of this.

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    Susan

    thank you for being willing to share your personal story. obedience to God brings blessings, but there is a cost. I am so glad God is encouraging you to continue your ministry and still be the family that He wants you to be.

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    Thank you Darren for being so transparent, and sharing the scripture that you shared. It is so true when we follow Christ, we were never promised to never have problems. He just promised to walk with us through them, and that in the process we would be more like him. We give of ourselves, but he gave the ultimate sacrifice his son. His love is so amazing.

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    I had a Pastor pray for me recently and she asked if I had a son. I said yes. She said God has him in the palm of His hand. That He wants me to walk with HIM.

    I have been wanting to go leave for long term mission work, but didn’t want to leave my son. He’s 19, but still my baby. So this was confirmation. Now I am going to try to get up the funds to go. Over the last few days I have been wanting to sell everything and follow HIM!

  118. Betsy Quinn

    This hit home for me. I am struggling with moving back home to be near family or to stay where I am and continue to serve at my church in the ways that I do.

  119. ken kanter

    God bless you and your family. You are a great man and a great man of God.

  120. Tammy Babel

    This one so far has made the biggest impact in me. I move from the eastern U.S. to the western U.S. 9 years ago. The hardest mice I’ve ever made. His comments are so true…..moving away from family is never easy. Telling God you’ll go wherever he tells you to….be ever so sure you’re ready to do just that…..go.

  121. I’M WANTING TO FOLLOW JESUS AND LIVE MY LIFE AS HE DID, BUT I KNOW I HAVE TO LEAVE MY LIFE AS I HAVE BEEN AND HONESTLY I DO WANT A LIFE WHERE I KNOW THAT EVEN THOUGH I HAVE TO STOP LIVING AS I HAVE, BUT GOD WILL YOU PLEASE SHOW ME HOW TO DO WHAT YOU WANT FOR ME AND EVEN THOUGH IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH BUT I AM WILLING TO DO AS YOU HAVE INSTORE FOR ME AND WITH YOU GUIDING ME ALONG THE WAY, I KNOW THAT I CAN DO IT AND STILL LOVE AND CARE ABOUT MY FAMILY AS YOU WANT ME TO AND STILL DO AS YOU WANT ME TO DO!

  122. Kathleen Kauffman

    I want to go and be set free. That’s all I have to say