Matthew 10 is one of my favourite chapters in the Bible. If we ever wondered how God wanted us to live then this is a really good place to start. It’s jam packed full of instructions. More than that, Jesus challenges the very core of why we think we exist, the very things we would give our lives for. Big questions like what do we ‘take pleasure’ in? What will we ‘cleave’to?
Cleave. It’s such a great word. It’s what Jesus says we have to do with him. Cleave to him. It means to ‘stick fast to’ and ‘to become very strongly involved with or emotionally attached to’.
Sometimes people ask questions about how Jesus would like them to live. What’s my purpose? How should I approach everyday life as a Christian? Maybe this is too simpler an answer…cleave to Jesus.
Read Matthew 10:37-39 [Amp] and you will see it even more clearly.
‘He who loves [and takes more pleasure in] father or mother more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves [and takes more pleasure in] son or daughter more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life]’.
I’m not sure about you but this definitely makes me think about how I do life. What do I really take pleasure in? Is my life conformed wholly to the example that Jesus has set? I don’t want to find myself in a position where I am not worthy of Him. One thing is for sure – to cleave steadfastly doesn’t come easily. Everyday I have to choose to live my life for Jesus and stick fast to him, to stay strongly involved and emotionally attached to him. It’s SO worth it though, I wouldn’t want to live life any other way.
How about you? What are the challenges you face to make sure you ‘cleave’ to Jesus?