Matthew 5:29 - If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
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There is great gain in following the Lord. There is also loss. The gain though, exponentially outweighs the loss.
Following Christ means power, strength, abundant life, and everlasting life. It also means sacrifice, persecution, and giving up parts of our lives that bring Him no glory.
I’ve read of the great faith of some men of God, one in particular, George Mueller. This preacher and pastor, also founded orphanages. Part of his wonderful testimony is that he never told others of his needs, but only prayed and believed that God would meet them. And God did every time. I want to be known as a man of faith like this. I know, though, that it means letting go of so much of myself. There can’t be parts of my distrust I hold on to, as I hold out my hand to God. It’s all or nothing.
The same with our discipleship. If we want true holiness, if we want our lights to shine before people so that they praise our Father in heaven, then we will have to separate ourselves from the world unto Him.
Jesus speaks of gouging eyes and amputating hands in order to fully understand and receive the life He would have for us.
There is great gain in following the Lord. There is also loss. Oh, that we would lose the world and gain our Savior.