Keep Your Head Out of the Fire: Matthew 5:30

It seems like whenever me and the kids head up to Bass Pro Shops in southern Indiana it is always an adventure.  From checking out the freshwater fish in their huge aquarium  to looking at all the latest camping gear, we usually have a good time.  Recently we headed up their cause needed to get some stuff in preparation for my next big fishing expedition in the spring (I also had a coupon).

Of course while we are there, my son can not avoid the temptation to just take off!  When it is just he and I, it is a little easier to chase him down.  When I have my daughter in the stroller at the same time, chasing him down takes a little bit more work.  When I finally caught up with him in the camping section this is what I see him doing: sticking his head inside a fire pit.  Now of course if it was actually on fire; he would have burned his whole head off.  Since there was no fire, there was no harm done.

As Christians Jesus warns us not allow ourselves to be in tempting situations.  Jesus said,

And if your hand—even your stronger hand—causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. Matthew 5:30 NLT

Jesus’ uses this idea of chopping your hand off to symbolize how we need to keep things and situations out of life that will only bring us down.  Now this passage does not say a believer needs to be a hermit or a monk, but it calls us to watch out for tempting situations in order to keep ourselves from getting burned.  If you struggle with alcoholism, then maybe a bar is not the best place for you.  If you have a coworker who is trying to tempt you into a adulterous relationship, then you either need to have your work intervene in the situation (most large employers have a system and group in place to help you in there situations, do not fail to take advantage of them).  If your job is tempting you do things that are unethical, then it maybe time to find another job.  Cut off what is tempting you to sin, and if you have to be in those situations then bring someone along if possible.  If you cannot bring someone along, let someone know what is going on, so they can keep in touch with you to make sure you are following God’s will.  It is also not a bad idea to take a moment to pray to ask for God’s strength when walking into the situation.

 

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Here are some other pictures I have taken from our various trips to the Bass Pro Shop. This is a really fun place to take pictures believe it or not.  I hope you enjoy them.

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