If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.
Jesus uses strong language and powerful illustrations to emphasize the seriousness of sin and the importance of having a devotion with God. In this verse, He encourages us to remove anything that hinders our relationship with Him.
Our hands and feet represent our actions. They symbolize the choices we make and the behaviors we engage in. Jesus challenges us to identify anything that keeps us from closely following Him.
This may include relationships, habits, or pursuits that distract us from God’s will and cause us to sin. It could be negativity, addictions, or activities that stunt our spiritual growth. Some of these things may seem harmless, but if they prevent us from following Christ wholeheartedly, they are hindrances to our spiritual well-being.
Cutting off a hand or foot is serious and drastic. It represents the willingness to let go of the things that have become idols or stumbling blocks. It requires courage, surrender, and trust in God’s plan for our lives.
Consider the areas in your life that may be hindering your spiritual growth. Are there any relationships or habits that lead you away from God? Are you willing to make the necessary changes to pursue holiness?
Jesus desires complete obedience. He desires your wholehearted commitment. Make a list of things that you are willing to surrender and ask God to give you strength to remove them from your life.
Lord, help me to examine and identify anything that hinders my relationship with You. Give me the courage and strength to let go of anything that leads me away from You. Help me to prioritize my relationship with You above all other things. In Jesus’ name, amen.