This is my 4th blog in a series called “Jesus Said”. The purpose of this series it to look closer at the word of God and discover the message God has for us so we don’t drift away from the life He desires for us. Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. Hebrews 2:1 Today we are looking at what Jesus said about body parts, specifically your right eye and right hand.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. Matthew 5:27-30
OK, this is a pretty harsh and bit yucky too (it certainly fits in with the “Halloween time” of year). Leave it to Jesus to give a little shock factor. I love it! However, I believe Jesus is trying to get our attention for an important reason that isn’t just a tough lesson on adultery and marriage . . . it goes much deeper.
Obviously, Jesus isn’t really saying we should gouge out our eyes or cut off our hands when we sin – otherwise we would all be dead pretty early on in life. Amen! In these scriptures, He is trying to illustrate how incapable we are of overcoming sin and temptation (whether it’s lust or something else) if we don’t have Him in our lives. God did not create us with the ability to overcome temptations and sin on our own. It requires our Heavenly Father to be in the mix. It’s only through the grace, strength, endurance, love and courage that God offers that we are able to stamp out the deceiver’s lies and tricks.
Is there something in your life that is causing you to stumble repeatedly? Maybe it’s a friend that isn’t a great influence, maybe it’s your eyes that seem to wander or a hand that never seems fulfilled unless it’s holding the latest jewelry or trendy top. Or is it innocent flirting that could slowly lead to more before you realize it or just a grip on our finances that is too tight to be generous for God’s kingdom? I believe we all have something in our lives that needs a little cutting off, a trim. Unlike a haircut, this trim will take much more effort and may even be a little painful, but the final product will be a life that depends more on the Lord, one that walks closer with Him and a Light that shines brighter for Him.
Will you take a minute to reflect and pray about what needs to be trimmed out of your life so there is more room for Christ?