And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.
Matthew 18:8 ESV
Thankfully Jesus isn’t literally advocating self-mutilation here, otherwise there should be a lot of crippled and lame disciples of His. But His provocative language here is hyperbole: exaggeration to make an important point. We are to be so opposed to the thought of sinning that we are willing to take drastic measures to make sure it doesn’t happen.
Of course, if we chopped one hand off, we’d have the other to sin with. Likewise with the feet. But we are to consider where we’re weak against temptation and to take steps to prevent ourselves giving in to it.
The hands speak of things we do. Nowadays, our mobile phones may often be in our hands. But I know of someone who now has an apple watch for calls and texts and doesn’t carry a phone on him, to prevent him falling into temptation with all the bad stuff on the internet.
Our phones may feel like an extension of our bodies, an indispensable part of life in the 21st Century. But are we willing to forego them for the sake of our eternal destinies? May God have mercy upon us all!
“Lord God, we pray that You would help us to do what we need to avoid hell, however drastic it may seem. To the praise of Your glory, amen”