On our walkway from the driveway to the house, we have these little sprigs of green that pop up along the edge and sometimes in the cracks. I kind of like them. I pointed them out to my husband one day and said, “You can spray your roundup all around here, but leave these.”
He looked at me with a straight face and said, “Those are weeds. We are not keeping them.”
“But they’re cute weeds. I just want to keep a few along the edge here.”
“They are weeds. If you leave even one, it will spread. We have to get rid of them.”
“And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:43-48)
The point here is not that the disciples or anyone should literally harm themselves. Jesus was warning about sin. If left alone, it will continue to grow, spread and take over. It must be dealt with completely.
Some sins may not seem that bad. They may be appealing or even appear to be harmless, but the truth is, it’s still sin.
Christ has called His followers to be sanctified. This means to be set apart, to be holy. What sin remains in your life that needs to be removed? As we read God’s Word, the Bible begins to convict our hearts about areas in our life that need to be weeded. Maybe even now something comes to mind that you know deep down is wrong. Will you pray and ask the Lord to help you get rid of that sin in your life?
Lord, would you reveal the true nature of the sins that we hold onto? Would you allow us to see the ugliness and dirtiness of them? Help us to see the pain they’ve caused, not just to others but ourselves. Direct our minds and hearts towards what is pure and holy, away from these unclean and destructive sins. Amen!