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Let's Do It!

If your hand is your difficulty, cut it off! ... If your foot is your undoing, cut it off! ... If your eye is your downfall, pluck it out!
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

Sermon Topic Obedience

Sermon Week Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 9:43,45,47


A man was having a terrible time with dizzy spells. No one could tell him what to do about it. He went from doctor to doctor but they were all baffled by his predicament. They tried various medicines and treatments but nothing helped. Meanwhile the dizzy spells were affecting the man's health severely. He was losing weight. He was losing his strength and vitality. He was losing hope that he would ever recover. Finally, he decided to prepare for death which he believed would soon come. He had lost the will to live. He made arrangements with an undertaker. He bought a cemetery plot. He drew up a Last Will and Testament. Then he went to a men's shop to buy a set of new clothes to be buried in. He purchased a suit and a pair of shoes. Then he asked to see some size fifteen shirts. "But sir, your neck measures size sixteen and one half," the clerk said. "No, fifteen," the man insisted. "I always wear size fifteen." To which the clerk replied, "But if you wear size fifteen you'll get dizzy spells."

Jesus does not offer us life and then leave us with dizzy spells as we try to discover how to fit into it. He gives us specific instructions on how to measure up to it. He has told us what to do.

We are to trust and obey. By our trust and obedience we show that we are serious about accepting God's instructions on how to fit into and measure up to the New Life He is offering us.

One of C. S. Lewis' most popular works of fiction is entitled "Screwtape Letters." In it, a senior devil writes a series of letters to his nephew who is in training to be a junior devil. The letters contain advice on how to lead us mortals astray. For example, the senior devil tells his nephew that, for the devil's purposes, "lukewarm religion" is better than no religion at all.

Jesus has given us the same advice. The closing section of the Sermon on the Mount [...]

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