READ : Mark 9:43-48
With startling and powerful language Jesus says that the kingdom of God is a great prize, an immeasurable gain. Anything which might prevent us from having the prize should be ruthlessly removed from our lives. If your hand or a foot causes you to sin, chop it off. If an eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. We shouldn’t take the words literally. But we should take them seriously.
When we think about removing things from our lives for Jesus’ sake, we naturally think about the bad things. Vices. Bad habits. Bad deeds. Bad appetites. But often it’s the good things that need to be removed. Patriotism is a good thing, and the more I visit other lands, the more I love my own. But if my love of country eclipses my love for God’s kingdom, Jesus says: “Cut it off.” Prosperity is a good thing, but when I begin to trust more in money than in what’s written on the money “In God We Trust” Jesus says: “Cut it off.” We think about cutting off bad things. But usually it’s the good that is the enemy of the very best.
What is keeping you from welcoming God’s rule in your life? What is keeping the kingdom from you? Jesus says: “Cut if off.”
Father, help me to rid myself of those things which prevent me from desiring the very best you design for me. Amen.