In his book “The Great Divorce,” C.S. Lewis gives an allegorical story about a ghost of a man consumed by lust. And in this story lust is depicted as a red lizard that sits on his shoulder and whispers seductively in his ear. When the man is bothered by this lizard on his shoulder, an angel volunteers to destroy it for him. But the man is conflicted because he wants to hold on to his lust but also wants the lizard gone. What he is afraid of is that the death of his lust will be the death of him. He offers all these excuses to the angel because he wants to keep the lizard (even though he doesn’t want it).
After much discussion the man finally lets the angel kill the lizard. The angel grabs the lizard, breaks its neck and hurls it to the ground. Now that the spell of lust is broken the man who once ghostly is wonderfully remade into a real and solid person. And what’s so cool is that instead of dying, the lizard is changed into a spectacular stallion. With great tears of joy and appreciation the man gets on the horse and rides off into the heavens.1
It is more advantageous for you to cut off the cause of sin in your life today, and thus live the new life, to experience the joy, peace, and self-control of God, than to lose your whole soul in hell on the last day.
It is more profitable for you to cut off the cause of sin in your life today, which is a mark of higher righteousness in the kingdom, than to continue sinning, but lose your whole soul in hell on the last day.
It is good for you to cut off the cause of sin in your life today, than to let it be, thereby showing half-hearted devotion to the kingdom of God, and then lose your whole soul in hell on the last day.
Are you struggling with sin today? I encourage you to go to the root cause of that sin in your life. Take it out. Cut if off. Throw it away. For it is beneficial for you to lose it today than to lose your whole soul in hell on the last day. It is beneficial for you to lose it today, and gain the new life of peace, joy, and self-control in Christ.
1 Michael Thomas, “False Love.” Cited March 15, 2014. Online: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/false-love-michael-thomas-sermon-on-marriage-faithfulness-65894.asp?Page=6