“6 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes!
8 “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into the hell of fire.” NRSV
This passage should make us break out into a cold sweat! Yet, way too often when we hear this passage we respond to it with yawn or with a role of our eyes or sneak a look down at our watches in the hope it will end soon or check our email. We think, how could anyone take such an impossible expectation like this one from Jesus seriously? He had to be just overstating the case to make a point…..wasn’t he?
My hunch is someone willing to die on a cross for his convictions is not prone to much overstatement. Such a person simply makes the statements he believes are worth dying for.
My suggestion is you take to heart the words of Jesus and save the yawns, the eye rolls, the looking at your watch, and checking your emails for the preacher’s sermon.
Be a blessing to someone today!