“And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, ratherthan having two hands to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched…” - Mark 9:43
Look at your hands! What are they for? Your hands are for action, they are for a cause; hands create, without them there would be no buildings, no electricity, and no water supply. None of the essential things in life would be available.
Looking down at night from an aircraft while flying over a large city one sees thousands of lights blazing in the darkness. It’s a sign of life and a reminder of the human ingenuity that has built that city.
What are your hands involved in doing? They should be active and productive for the Kingdom of God.
Jesus is not saying to you today that your literal hand must be cut off, if it is offensive and active in what is sinful. But He is warning that our hands should not be involved in sinful actions, like stealing, selling drugs etc.
Bring your actions under the Lordship of the Lord Jesus. Be a new creature in Christ Jesus, no longer engaging and doing the things we did as unbelievers.
There is a literal hell of fire, irrespective of what people may think or say. Jesus said it is a place of unquenchable fire and that’s sufficient to believe in its existence and be determined not to go there.
Watch sinful actions and avoid them. We do not have to sin, but if we do sin and if we confess them He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Dear Father in heaven, You have graciously provided redemption for me through the blood of the Lord Jesus. I desire, and by your grace to serve you with all my heart and to keep myself busy working for You, in the name of the Lord Jesus.