You know when you’ve gone ‘off the charted territory’ with your children when your son looks at you and says… “I’ll know who won the Super Bowl when I hear you scream”. OK, So last night was a teachable moment for… mom. In more areas then one…
“Cut it out”
Our bedtime Bible reading was from Mark 9 [my son Mark’s choice].
Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us
38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in My name can in the next moment say anything bad about Me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in My name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.
Causing to Stumble
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.  [b] 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.  [c] 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.’[d]
49 Everyone will be salted with fire.
50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
After reading the above Scriptures, Mark looks at me and says “What does that mean?” As if I didn’t know I said “which part”? He said “cut it off?” So, remembering that I personally don’t have the answers, I sought to “ask a Friend”… and said “What this speaks to me is… If there is something or some part of you that cause you to stumble, fall down, hurt your relationship with Jesus, or comes in-between you and God, “cut it out!”… “Cut it out of your life, cut it off from you”. It is better to lose that thing then to lose your friendship and family membership with God.” I went further with examples; carefully trying to use those that would illustrate life as 9-12 year olds. (Ok, I fumbled [stumbled ?] at this part… my aim went a little off course.) All of a sudden I am using the TV as an example and found my own conviction in a Super Bowl game.
Jesus is an awesome Coach and Navigator. HE knew what plays to call and right where to steer… me. And out of the mouth of babes, this mom, found a lesson learned…
If thy ____ offend Thee, “cut it out”.
[I believe in letting everyone fill in their own blanks.]
8-] My lips are sealed.
“GOD BE THE GLORY!”