“Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire” (Matthew 18:8).Text — Matthew 18:6-9
A certain rich man on voyage was involved in a shipwreck. Although he could swim, he was drowning because of the heavy weight of gold strapped around his waist. To escape death, he must choose between life and gold. He took a wise decision in letting go of the gold to save his life. He swam to the shore safely.
Amputation becomes necessary when all medications have failed to heal a diseased limb. Christ did not intend the statement in our memory verse to be taken literally. The Lord is saying that anything as important and useful as the hands or feet that are luring you into evil must be “cut off.” Precious objects, juicy jobs or filial relationships that can lead to sin must be severed by self-discipline and self-denial. It is better to deny self here at all cost and get to heaven than hold on to things that God does not approve of and go to hell. To be lost eternally is the greatest loss.
He must choose between life and gold
Nothing in this world that is worth going to hell for.
Prayer for today
My God, help me to be heavenly minded, in Jesus’ name.