Jesus said to his disciples:
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.
30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.Matthew 5:27-32
Today’s Bible Quote of the Day Inspiration – Matthew 5:27-32
Today, Jesus is teaching us about what is of most importance in our lives. He says it is inheriting the Kingdom of God.
Everything that Jesus teaches us is usually intended to have one outcome; that on the last day we shall inherit the Kingdom of God, where, with the Communion of Angels and Saints, we will be praising God forever.
Jesus is insisting that we should not let any other thing in this world distract us from having the Everlasting Life.
In our verse today, Jesus says that if it is the things we hold dear in our hearts that will make us lose the Kingdom of God, then let them go! If it is our parents, keep off them! If it is money or material wealth, throw it away or give to the poor! If it is a job, quit! If it is a business, close it! For it is better to be poor than live the rest of your after-life burning and gnashing your teeth in the fiery Gehenna.
When Jesus talks about gouging out our eyes and cutting off our hands, He doesn’t literary mean that but means shedding off someone or something that may lead you into sin.
You can shed off bad habits like adultery, drunkenness, gambling, idolatry etc. They are fun and feels good when doing them but they ultimately lead us into sin.
Let us today resolve to identify those things that lead us into sin and shed them off, although mostly, we feel we cannot do without them. Jesus says they are not at all important. What is most important is making sure we inherit the Kingdom of God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to identify the negative distractions in our lives that can make us lose the Kingdom of God. Help us to shun them and give us the strength to avoid falling back into their tempting invitations. Jesus, we love you. Amen.