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How Serious Are We About Our Faith?

Matthew 5:30

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.

profileHow serious are we about things in our life?  For most of us – if we were more serious – we would be the correct weight for our height and age.  Most of us would rather eat what and when we want rather than be healthy.  Sorry – but that is just the honest truth – isn’t it?  I know – some of us have medical issues – but I’m talking about most of us who are overweight (and don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re in that medical issue list).  How serious are we about things in our life?

I read about a mountain climber who had his arm trapped by a huge boulder one day while climbing by himself.  After days of trying to get his arm loose – he decided that the only way to save his life was to cut off his arm.  He did and lived.  Now that is determination.  Now that is focus and clarity of purpose.  He wanted to live more than he wanted to keep his arm – his right arm at that!  How serious are we about things in our life?

Today’s passage records Jesus saying – 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.  How serious are we about not sinning or causing someone else to sin?  How serious are we about our faith?  Are we serious enough to even consider a move like this to keep us from sinning?  Why would Jesus even bring something like this up if He weren’t serious about it?

God gives us this glimpse through the Apostle Paul – Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Swimmers – bikers – runners – and other athletes know that in order to do their best they need to be as light and free as possible of things that hinder their movement or their speed.  Why do we – as Christians – not get it?  Why do we allow – and I speak from personal experience – little things to hinder our walk with Jesus?  Why are we not more serious about our walk with the Lord?  No answers today for sure – I’m simply trying to wrestle with this truth of Scripture and the reality of where I am in my walk.  Some days I think I would cut off my hand or arm if it kept me from sinning.  Some days I am more focused on me rather than on God.  Can anyone identify?  Thank God for grace!  But I still want to be more committed and willing to do anything to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  What about you dear readers?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

August 13, 2013 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership | , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. What is needed is balance, IMO. There are times to be serious, times to be happy and care-free. There is a time for everything under the sun. And God has made everything beautiful in its time. Jesus said, you who weep now, you shall laugh. Life has its rhythms. God does not always want us to drag along with long faces, downcast. He desire his children should live in joy, loved, and free.

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    Comment by Favorite Son | August 14, 2013 | Reply

  2. Corrie ten Boom once said that “FAITH is a Fantastic Adventure In Trusting Him.” I like that!

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    Comment by Favorite Son | August 14, 2013 | Reply


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