Heritage or Inheritance?

“He also removed Maacah his mother from being queen mother, because she had made a horrid image as an Asherah; and Asa cut down her horrid image and burned it at the brook Kidron.” (1 Kings 15:13)

Some verses in the Bible tell a saga in a sentence.  When King Asa removed his mother from the royal position of queen mother – the Bible tells the account in a verse, but one can hardly imagine that it was so simple for Asa.  Asa must have agonized and struggled over such a decision.  What his mother did was wrong, but she was still his mother.  Shouldn’t blood relations count for something?  I’m sure that his mother did not go quietly into the night when facing such a demotion either.

Yet, the book of Kings praises Asa for removing her and condemns the “horrid” image she had made.  Asa chose God and truth over family, and he is honored for doing so.  Our Lord said that we should be prepared to do the same if necessary in Matthew 10:37.  The blood of family may be thicker than water, but it is thinner than the blood of Christ.  We cannot allow our heritage to determine our eternal inheritance.

“Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:37)

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