Today’s guest post is from Ana Proano. Ana serves on our children’s team and is a student at Denver Seminary. Those who know her would describe her as a Spirit led force of nature! Thanks to Linnea Spicer for providing a translation from Spanish to English.
In order to understand this verse, we have to read the context of the book. In the context of Matthew 10, Jesus was warning his disciples of the sufferings that were going to follow because of following Him. In verses“A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed. And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:21-22
God doesn’t want to deceive us. To follow Him means to be in conflict with the world. Christ did not come to bring peace among his disciples and the world. He came to put us in conflict with the world because the world is the instrument of Satan, the enemy of God.
“Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God?”James 4:4
We are called to love God above all things, even more than our family and friends.
In Matthew 10:37, “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.”
Therefore it is here where he warns us in this material sense. (Matthew 10:34)
It means that we will have conflict with the world because “We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19
In consideration of the confusion of this part with the Prince of Peace, we should recognize that there are two kinds of peace – material and spiritual. Worldly peace is lost when there are conflicts between two or more individuals. The spiritual peace that Jesus offers us is different from the peace of the world because this spiritual peace is only found in Christ in the middle of suffering and conflicts of life.