Giving up a relationship, a habit, or a job that you know is inconsistent with God’s plan is almost as difficult as cutting off a hand. But the high goal of God’s man–knowing and serving Christ–is worth any sacrifice or perceived loss. The message is this: We must be ruthless in removing sin from our lives. We must plan ahead. We must know the environments that produce risk. We must choose ahead of time the direction we will take.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better to enter heaven with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands. If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better to enter heaven with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It is better to enter the Kingdom of God half blind than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, “where the worm never dies and the fire never goes out.” (MARK 9:43-48, NLT)