Jesus, addressing the disciples, challenged them to think boldly and drastically about temptation and sin. He said, “…if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it way. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.” Mt. 18:8
I am not a theologian, but I’m pretty sure Jesus is not suggesting physical self-mutilation here. But I do believe He is challenging the disciples, and likewise us, to take drastic measures against known sin in our lives.
How seriously do we take sin?
Do we mount up an all-out effort to stop it at the point of temptation before it drags us down into the pit of sin?
Do we glance at temptation mounting as no real battle at all?
Jesus also tells us clearly it is far better, far, far better to forgo short-term “benefits, comforts, and pleasures” to obtain long-term eternal graces.
“And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes be thrown into the hell of fire.” Mt. 18:9
How seriously do you take sin? How drastic are the measures you take to combat sin in your life?
May God give us all the strength to do battle.
Diane Hunt is a Biblical Counselor, Women’s conference and retreat speaker and author. She serves as the Director of Partner Care and Director of Women’s Ministries at America’s Keswick. She and her husband John have two married children and four grandchildren. She loves reveling in warm sunny climates and playing with her grandchildren.