Jesus said, “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. (Matthew 5:29, NKJV)
Now that got me to thinking one day. I was talking to my son about the lengths God expects us to go to so we can eradicate sin from our lives, and this scripture came to mind. Plucking your eye out is pretty radical. And gross. And, well, hard to explain to others. Think about it. “What happened to you?” they ask. “Well,” you say, “I kept looking at pornography, so I decided to gouge out my eye to help me live clean.”
If something in your life is causing you to sin, the only reasonable solution for you to be free is to do something radical. Most women are completely unwilling to do that. I remember confronting a young woman about spending time with people who she knew were bad influences, enticing her to dabble with pot and alcohol. This wasn’t some degenerate who just couldn’t get clean. This was a young woman with a call on her life between semesters at Bible College who had been sober for over a year. I told her that she was putting her future in jeopardy, not just the “destiny” part, but her relationship with the Lord. I asked her point blank if she was willing to give up her so-called “friendships” in order to get free. She lowered her eyes in shame and shrugged. (That’s a “no,” by the way.) My first thought was, “Have you no fear of the Lord?” I didn’t even say it. The answer was obvious.
If you fear the Lord and care about pleasing him more than pleasing yourself or others, you’ll love obedience and right-living more than your own comfort. Do you need your eyes to live? No, you don’t. Living with one eye would be uncomfortable and probably a little embarrassing at times, but it would be worth the discomfort and embarrassment if it kept you from throwing your relationship with God away. Jesus is bringing that point home. He’s not seriously encouraging you to mutilate yourself, he’s provoking you to evaluate your attitude toward obeying God. Do you love your sin more than you love God? What are you willing to give up in order to live right?
Do you fear the Lord?