Kissing Christ EGP Blog post from January 20, 2019

“It’s this affection. It’s this passion. … That word is translated ‘kiss’ in some places. [So] “If you kiss your kid more than you kiss Me, you’re not worthy of Me. … You don’t get who I Am.” —Francis Chan, “Rethinking Church”

Matthew 10:37 (NASB) “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.”

“That word for ‘love’ there is not ‘agape,’ the word there is ‘phileo.’ It’s this AFFECTION. It’s this PASSION. … That word is translated ‘KISS’ in some places. [So] ‘If you KISS your KID more than you KISS ME, you’re NOT WORTHY of Me. … You don’t get who I Am.’ Really?!?

And He doesn’t lower the bar. He doesn’t say to the rich, young ruler, ‘Hey, just sell EVERYTHING.’ He’s like, ‘No.’ ‘Okay, HALF.’ He doesn’t do THAT. He just goes, ‘Do you understand My WORTH? When you get the TREASURE that I Am, you’ll leave EVERYTHING.’ …

Did you take that to HEART? Because we’re very good in our gatherings to go, ‘Oh, that was VERY CONVICTING. Oh yeah, touched my HEART.’ Well, what’s actually gonna CHANGE? … I think that most of us, when we hear sermons, let’s just be honest, we listen and we think, … ‘Can I still KEEP things the way they are, or would this INTERRUPT things?’ … Something HAS to change. Some of you will hear this message and go, ‘ABSOLUTELY!’ … There’s people that AGREE with it, [but] the question is: Will you SUFFER to obey these things? Will you actually SACRIFICE?”

—Francis Chan, Rethinking Church

Key verses

Matthew 10:34–39; Matthew 19:21–26; Matthew 13:44–46; Matthew 16:24–26

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