In some cases the Bible may seem incomprehensible at first sight.
Luke 14:26 If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
Do we really have to hate all our loved ones to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?
And what about this passage from John, that seems to say just the opposite?
1 John 2:9 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.
We would really get lost if we are not looking a little closer.
Jesus speaks in this passage of Luke, of our unregenerate life, because He's talking to Jewish people who obviously are not born again. In other words, Jesus said to them: 'If you want to be my disciple, if you want to enter in the grace of God, you must stop to love your father, your mother, your wife, your children, your brothers and sisters the way you have loved them until now. This kind of love is purely human, carnal and because of its nature, it is not reliable; it is affected by the circumstances, by the reactions and the actions of the others: this is not true love”.
If I want to love my loved ones with an efficient love, then I must stop loving them humanly, with my own strength, with my personality, with my carnal motivation.
It is only because I'll let God loving me, because I agree to let His love fill me up that I can love all my loved ones with the same love I am loved by my Father.
I can't love efficiently as long as I don't understand how strong and how much I am loved by my Father, until I tell Him: "I agree to no longer love with my own love. I want to understand how much and how you love me Daddy, and love others with the love you have given me."
This is why God wants all from us, not because He is egocentric, but because He wants us to leave that old humanly way of loving, to adopt His.
Then I can love without failures, no matter the circumstances and the reactions of others.
To give Him all, it's to abandon the imperfect to get the perfect.
Bye for now...