TITLE: CUT IT OFF
“If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more comfortable for you that one of your members perish, than for yout whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”Matt. 5:29-30
Oh the severity of the warning of our Lord Jesus! It’s crystal clear that we truly have a daily “Cross” to bear (a daily responsibility) in keeping up with the standard of the Kingdom in order to stay fit for it.
A friend very far away who is also in the ministry was just letting me in on some of his new year’s structure for effectiveness and fruitfulness. And one of the things he has targeted to handle in the year is his singleness/simplicity in focus. He said he had all social media deleted from his phone because he found himself always picking up his phone for no reason being distracted from whatever he must have been doing at the time. He said that he only had them on his computer system, only checking them when necessary and only when at home. So, he had succeeded in zeroing down all distractions until he achieved the desire of simple focus on one thing at a time.
Likewise, it’s very possible to be feeding the very monster that will destroy us. It is very possible to be comfortable around the very thing that’s killing you. It’s possible to be building the very walls that will hinder your own progress in life and eternity with God. It’s not good not to know what to do in life. So, Jesus tells us to watch out for the things that are a threat to our heavenly destiny.
He goes on to use the appendages (our hands and legs) which are extensions of ourselves that links us to the outside world through touching and feeling; He adds our eyes and so on. I believe Jesus was using these, both literally and figuratively, to warn us. The eyes, the hands, the legs, can represent things closest to us and very useful to us. Think of the usefulness of your own eyes, hands and legs, and imagine yourself without them. They are very valuable. Yet Jesus says, as close and valuable as they may be to you, if anyone of them will be the reason you will miss heaven, you have to cut it off! What!!!
Yes, that’s right! Cut it off. I see through them, cut it off. I can’t feel again without them, cut it off. I can’t walk again without them, cut it off. Look here, Satan will always give you reason to tolerate and be comfortable with the object of your own undoing. Remember Mama Eve in Genesis 3? By the time he finished brainwashing her, she was seeing life, wisdom and tastiness in death. And of course, he always leaves you to bear the consequences yourself.
The cross of the believer is a daily task to identify those things that lure you out of the Way, out of holiness, out of faith, out of the strait path, and then to cut them off. What does it mean to cut them off? It means to deny yourself the gratification of them. A man of God once said, “One of the proofs of maturity is the ability to delay gratification”. Very important.
So, if my friend, colleague or family is the one who doesn’t push me towards the Kingdom, but instead towards directions that are not in agreement with God’s Kingdom, then I have to cut that influence off. We may still be in contact, but the platform that gives you influence over my life is disconnected. If it’s my desire to own a car that will be the reason for my falling into error in my Christian race, then I must deny myself of that until I’ve been broken enough. The eyes, the flesh and the desires, these are very powerful tools that if we don’t break them, they’ll lead us to hell.
Hebrews 12:1 says to lay my weights aside and run the race. Paul says in 2Timothy 2:4 that soldiers don’t entangle themselves in civilian activities because they want to please the one who enlisted them. They deny themselves of things that drive other ordinary people crazy because of who they are and what they represent. They have to be sound in body, mind and judgement, so all distractions are watered down.
Can you ask the Lord today to give you the wisdom to identify that eye, that hand, or that leg that will be your undoing where Heaven is concerned, and to grant you the strength to cut it/them off? Whatever or whoever they may be. You must remember that your eternal destiny with the Lord is worth every sacrifice, and more than anything this world can give you or take away from you.
And whatever you lose for His sake, He will restore again to you. For with great hope we know there are no blind in Heaven, nor are there maimed there. But, glory to God, all are whole. For all we loss in Christ we gain back in greater measure. So, cut it off, He will give you a new eye, a new hand and a new feet that will make you a whole man that is pure on the inside and out, and walking in the glorious gardens of our Heavenly abode forever. – John 12:25, Mark 8:36,
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