Hand, Foot, Eye

“…cut it off.” Mark 9:42-50  The gift of our hands our feet and eyes are all meant to glorify God. But in this world, they can be lead to work against our intended nature to love and serve God. Literally, cutting off our hand or foot and tearing out our eye is gruesome and extreme. However, the significance of Jesus’ command is that if God’s kingdom is our goal it is far better to lose a part of the physical body than the whole of the spiritual life.  If our hand touches, our feet takes us places and our eye sees and perceives according to the world, Jesus could just have easily said; cut off those things that you touch, the places that you go and the things you look at, but would you have listened? Instead Jesus catches our attention and gives us more of an incentive to change according to God’s will and not our own.