“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna… (Mark 9:41-50)
What’s really at the heart of these graphic examples?
Jesus’ point is really pretty simple: He wants us to identify what is it that is causing us to stray from the right path. He already knows what it is, but it is important that we discover it for ourselves. What is keeping you from having the type of relationship with Jesus that both He and you would like to have? What habits have you developed that steal away time you could be spending with Jesus? Time you could be spending on deepening your faith?