“And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.” – Mark 9:45
In the book of Mark, Jesus makes a pretty radical statement: “And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off.” Now, Jesus’ statement is not meant to be taken “literally.” Rather, He’s speaking of radical spiritual surgery. In other words, it’s intentionally cutting out the areas of sin or ‘spiritual decay’ in our lives.
Perhaps, Jesus was referring to “feet” that tend to run towards activities that do not align with God’s will or God’s best for our lives. Or it could be “feet” that tend to run from responsibility or accountability. We don’t know exactly what Jesus was referring to in this verse, but we know that Jesus was using this analogy to communicate the very real, danger of ignored sin in our lives.
One of my favorite books to this day is Lonesome Dove. In one scene, Gus is shot in the leg and gangrene sets in. The doctor tells him that amputating his leg is the only way to save his life. Left untreated, the infection will kill him. Even Gus’ best friend pleads with him to let the doctor cut off the leg, however, Gus refuses. Sure enough, he soon succumbs to the infection. Because he wasn’t willing to deal with the infection in his leg, he lost his life.
Sometimes a sin is so dangerous that if left “untreated,” it can eventually, fatally infect our soul. Just like Gus’s leg, that sin must be removed or we face the danger of death.
Take an inventory of your life. Where are you living from your own strength or for your own glory, rather than God’s? Ask God to reveal the areas in your life where you need the Great Physician to perform radical ‘spiritual surgery.’ Start today and experience the freedom that comes from walking in God’s will, free from sin’s chains.