And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
I often read this passage and focus on the severity that Jesus is taking sin, which is a very important point to take from theses verses, but as I was reading today I noticed the way He describes where it is better to enter into missing a hand or eye. Life. He doesn’t say eternal life, nor heaven, but life.
Could it be that we are so consumed with what is going on around us that we do not realize that we are being prepared for a world that is beyond our perception as of yet?
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Cor. 4:16-18
Let’s not forget this, and remember where it is that our life, and thus our priorities, are found.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.