The Priority of Lordship In Matthew 10:37-39 the Lord Jesus says: "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. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” Scripture is perfectly clear that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (Eph 2:8-9, Jn 14:6, etc). However Scripture is also clear that salvation is not something a person has simply because they agree with a set of facts. True saving faith is total trust in, total commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. The result of true saving faith is obedience to Christ as Lord. There is no way to have Jesus as your Savior and not as your Lord. If Jesus is not your Lord, He is not your Savior. In the passages cited above our Lord makes that fact very clear. Those who are His, those who are worthy of Him, are those who put Him first in their lives and die to themselves so they can live for Him. If we put our self-interests before Jesus, or if we put other people before Jesus, then our trust in Him is not total. We are not whole-heartedly following Him. Jesus’ sheep don’t follow strangers, nor does His sheep follow other sheep, His sheep follow Him (Jn 10:27). Our obedience to the Lord must come before anything and anyone else. Obedience does not make us His sheep, obedience does not save, but obedience is proof that we are truly saved (1Jn 3:9-10). If we count our lives as more important than Jesus then our trust in Him is not total. We should be willing to die to ourselves, to our self-interests in order to follow Him. This is not always easy to do, nor does any believer do this perfectly, but if we are His sheep we will do this. It is evidence that we are truly regenerated. So while salvation is a free gift, being saved, following Christ, will cost us everything.