Mark 9:42–50 (ESV)
Temptations to Sin
42 “Whoever causes
one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than
with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for
you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness,
how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
The first sentence is a STRONG statement that often gets steam rolled by the remainder of the reading.
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” Have you ever led someone else into sin? It seems like burglars
operate usually in twos. I remember one burglar who took along his six year old son to go through the doggie door and unlock the house. Well, I doubt that many of you readers are guilty of this, but what about gossiping in front of them?
What about speaking badly against a neighbor? What about teaching them unknowingly to cuss, tell crude jokes, or even to use racial slurs? We should be teaching our young ones to love all people, of all colors, languages, and nations. Isn’t
that what the Bible says? Matthew 5:43–45 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may
be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Oops! I’m sorry... maybe you didn’t want to read that. You know, I just named a few
sins that maybe you just might be guilty of... and we all know that gossiping is not a sin! Do you want me to show you that verse? (It really is a sin!) I think you get the message. I think we are all in trouble. Thank the Lord that
he is merciful and gracious. For the rest of the reading, does God really want you to cut off your hand or pluck your eye out? No... But He is showing you just how serious we are to take sin and to remove it out of our life. We should never
be complacent with sin.
I pray: O Lord, I know that I’m a sinner and I repent. I want to do better. Help me to use your Word and the power of the Holy Spirit to remove sin from my life.
I know I am trapped in a sinful body and will not be free of sin until I get to heaven, but help me to try and turn away from sin, and especially if I leading someone else into it. I want to do better. Amen.