I really appreciated how Coach Enrico presented the preaching earlier today about adultery and lust. It began from the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:8 which says,
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Then towards, Matthew 5:28 wherein Jesus raised the standards of purity. It reads,
“But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Then, in the next two verses, Jesus spoke through a hyperbole about how much effort we should give towards pursuing purity. In verses 29-30, Jesus says,
“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.”
It presents us the picture that if there be anything that causes us to sin, in this case, to sin sexually, then we should tear it away from our lives and throw it away. Stated differently, it is also saying that if something is not pleasing to God, if something is destroying our relationship with God, or if something limits us from living out God’s purpose for our lives, then by all means, we should tear it out and throw it away. Coach Enrico said it this way,
“Fill in the blank. If your ______ causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.”
What is in that blank?
Is it a hobby that distracts us? Is it an untimely relationship? Is it a misplaced desire? What is that seemingly precious thing, like an eye or a hand to our body, that rather than leading us towards God, is leading us away instead? It might not be wrong at first glance. It might seem harmless. But, if in the long run that something does not help us know God more, then it might not be long until it will begin to cause us to sin.
It’s a really painful question to ask ourselves. And if we’re really honest, the answer may be hard to accept and even harder to surrender, but if we neglect this, we cannot control the consequences that will arise from it later. I hope and pray that we would fill in the blank now and begin our path to God towards healing, that we seek Jesus for his leading in our lives so that we can become more of the person He intended us to be, and that we can finally be set free from anything and everything that causes us to sin.