June 3rd, 2021
We all know folks who have stumbled away from faith. Most of us can remember a season or two when we stumbled away ourselves. It wasn’t intentional. Something or someone tripped us up, and the next thing we knew, we’d lost interest and felt far from God. Every season of life comes prepackaged with stumbling blocks. Out of concern for his followers, Jesus doesn’t mince words:
43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.
45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.
47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where
“‘the worms that eat them do not die,
and the fire is not quenched.’
Mark 9:43, 45, 47–48
Clearly Jesus is using hyperbole. But his point is clear: We should rid ourselves of the things, pastimes, and even people who are stumbling blocks to our faith.
Why so harsh?
Because we are all prone to stumble, and we are all prone to think we won’t.
What needs to go?