42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where “‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 Everyone will be salted with fire.
I hear God challenging me to be willing to pay whatever price is necessary for others to come to know Him through me. That challenge is accompanied by His invitation to grow closer to Him every day.
I am going to continue to invite others to follow me as I am following Jesus, and to discover that the prize is worth the price.
Precious Lord, there is nothing I want more than for others to know You and come to love You as I do. Remove whatever stumbling blocks are in my personality and character. May I follow You faithfully and invite others on that lifelong journey. Amen.
Kevin Murphy, Pastor
Saint Matthew Lutheran Church – Walnut Creek