Mark 9:42 – 50
“But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life 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’s better to enter eternal life 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’s better to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, ‘where the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.’ “For everyone will be tested with fire. Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.”
Sin has consequences and those who cause others to sin bear consequences. Hand, foot and eye; what we do, where we go and what we see. All can assist in spreading the Word of God, and putting into practice the commands and principles to live by or all can assist in working against the Word of God. These are Jesus’ words, the Father said; “Listen to Him.” Do we hear Him? Hell is a real place with a fire and worm that is eternal – “the fire never goes out.” These are Jesus’ words; “Listen to him.”
We have a contrast between those who work for Christ and those who work against him. Whether they are in the inner circle or outside it matters not. Consequences for sin or reward for following Christ. Placement is not the determining factor in the end result; action is. He sums it up with “Be at peace with one another.” There is no place for quarreling over who is greatest, who can or should do the work of the Lord in peace. That peace among us is the best indicator that we are in unity, that we are more concerned with what the Lord wants than what we want, that we are more in tuned to His words than our own. Peace is evident when the Word of God is active and alive in us no matter the situation.