The hard road is most worthwhile
Was Jesus speaking literally or figuratively? We hope He was not advocating the literal amputation of limbs, but figuratively teaching that we should make clean breaks from everything that compromises our relationship with Him.
Yet it seems we are not completely comfortable with this interpretation either. It is too restrictive. It sounds as though Jesus is referring to everything in my life. He certainly is not speaking about my addictions or the drives that I allow to define me. Surely He is not addressing the aspects I have deemed unchangeable. They are just too powerful.
I’d rather cut off a leg. There must be a compromise somewhere.
I am no great Bible scholar, but I believe I am correct the book contains no God made compromises.
God makes commands not suggestions. They are determined not by their level of difficulty, but on their purpose and benefit to us all.
Jesus’ teaching is simple, yet difficult. Anything that draws us away from God should be discontinued. It is better to deny ourselves a worldly experience, no matter how compelling, than to be denied an eternal existence.
Some complain this is too hard. Jesus expects too much. Yet He never claimed following Him would be easy. He only promised it would be worth it.
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.