Matthew 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
There will be a price that you will have to pay to get to your desired outcome; be willing to pay that price. The price that David had to pay was a season of trial where he was constantly fleeing from Saul. Abraham had to pay the price of leaving his comfort zone in Haran and putting his only son on the altar. In Judges 6:30 Gideon put his life at risk by tearing down the altar of Baal, because it was necessary for Israel to get the victory over the Midianites. Moses had to give up the glamor of living in the palace to suffer 40 years in the wilderness so that he could be properly positioned to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. All the great men of the Bible had to pay a price for their victory, so will you. What is the price that you will have to pay to get to where you want to go? It could be that you have to give up sleep or invest time and money acquiring wisdom, building relationships and preparing for the future you want to see. Whatever the price is that you will have to pay, be prepared to do it.
Jesus taught this principle in Matthew 5:30 when he said if thy right hand offends thee, “cut it off”. While the context within which it was said related to securing eternal life, its application extends beyond that. It was a radical principle that Jesus was teaching that we should be willing to make whatever sacrifice that is necessary to get to where we want to go. He set the example when He laid down His life on the cross. It was not easy for Him to have made that sacrifice, but He did it nonetheless. The principle of cutting off our right hand to get to where we want to go is a tough pill to swallow; because for most of us losing our right hand would cause us to lose functionality of an important part of the body. In addition to that, walking around one handed is not a beautiful sight. However, by making the necessary sacrifice, what we are doing is giving up something good for something better; it is what Jesus meant when he said, “for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” If you hold onto the good, you can never get to the better you want to see and experience.
Life Application: Willingly pay the price for your victory by making a list of all you will have to do to get to what God has promised and establish the resource implication of each, then make a personal commitment to do all that is needed to get to the result you want to see.
Prayer: Lord, this one is difficult for me, I must admit. It is hard to accept difficulty, but I yield myself to you and ask that you equip me for whatever task I will have to do in order to get to where I want in you and different areas of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.