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If Your Right Pinkie Offend You...
by Steve Higginbotham
October 15, 2008

"And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you... (Matthew 5:20). Jesus used this figurative illustration to demonstrate the depth of commitment one should have toward pursuing godliness and achieving eternal life.

Trevor Wikre, a guard for Mesa State College, put a literal spin on the words of Jesus when he literally had his pinkie finger amputated so that he could play football.  Wikre shattered his finger in practice and needed season-ending surgery to repair it.  Instead, Wikre decided to have his finger amputated so that he could continue to play.  Imagine that!  So committed to a game that he would cut off his finger rather than to miss his season.

While I'm not sure anyone should be so committed to a "game" that they would be willing to take such extraordinary steps to play, it sure does help to bring into focus the words of Jesus.  Just how committed are we to allowing nothing to stand in our way of getting to heaven?  To what degree are we willing to sacrifice in order that we might remain holy?  What price have you paid, or are you willing to pay to be a disciple of Jesus?  Trevor Wikre sacrificed his finger just to play a game.  What are you willing to sacrifice in order to go to Heaven?  Give it some thought.

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