Matthew 5:29-30 – 29 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. 30 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’s no understatement to say that we don’t see things the way God sees them. We don’t see the good in what He has made good, we don’t see the beauty in what He says is beautiful, and we don’t see the bad in what He says is bad. That is our problem with sin. We don’t see sin in the same offensive wickedness that God sees it. One of the basic foundations of coming to faith in Jesus Christ is seeing our need for Him. We need to see how offensive sin is to God and that he cannot and does not tolerate it. We need to see that we are sinners and deserve the rightful punishment for our sins. In truly seeing this, we cry out for a Savior to take that punishment for us and find Him in Jesus Christ. This is the essence of the gospel.
So, if we can only come to saving faith through realizing the seriousness of sin and our need for a Savior, why is it that we stop taking our sin so seriously? Why do we stop battling sin like our eternity depends on it? Why do we reclassify sin, wickedness, and unrighteousness as a struggle, and incident, or an indiscretion? Where has the fear of the Lord gone that has caused us to take such an unbiblical view of sin?
Part of it is because we rest, in some part, on what Christ has done and not any part of what he is doing now. Or maybe it is because we have forgotten how serious sin is to God. Or lastly, and I think the most terrifying, is that we weren’t truly saved in the first place and need to come before God with fear and trembling begging Him for a Savior. Whatever it is, may we be a people that seeks to grow in holiness and dependence on Jesus each and every day of our life. May we take sin in the manner of seriousness that God takes it. Let us seek, as Jesus says above, to have hearts that would rather lose one of our members than for our whole body to go to hell.