If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame, than, having your two feet, to be cast into hell.
To hobble a horse is to bind one or more of his feet. It teaches him patience, enforces his master's leadership position, and helps him learn not to panic in emergency situations.*
To fully submit to our Master's yoke, most Christians need hobble-training, too. How and where we walk are of utmost importance to God. Because they help determine our earthly and eternal destinies.
In the New Testament, Jesus introduced the ultimate Model's Walk. 'When His disciples saw Him walking on the sea' (Matthew 14:26), when they saw 'The lame walk' (Matthew 11:5), they began to realize they were on a path that would change the world forever.
We are told 'To walk in the same manner as He walked' (1 John 2:6), to walk 'Blamelessly' (Luke 1:6), to 'Walk orderly' (Acts 21:24), 'So we too might walk in newness of life' (Romans 6:4); to 'Walk in the Spirit' (Galatians 5:16), to 'Walk by faith, not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7), to 'Walk in wisdom' (Colossians 4:5), and most importantly...
To 'Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us' (Ephesians 5:2).**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: if you are walking into error or compromise, if you are rushing for fame like the rest of the pack, if you are tying yourself to others on wrong paths, stop it now.
If you are bucking in rebellion like a wild horse, if you are prancing around in pride like a show horse, if you are wandering aimlessly like a lost horse, if you are pursuing your own course like a lone horse, stop it now.
Better to be hobbled. You're in God's army. 'Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time' (1 Peter 5:6).
To Be Continued...
* Hobble Training Horses - Think Like a Horse by Rick Gore: http://www.thinklikeahorse.org/index-12.html
** These three paragraphs are reprinted from a previous AMTC Devotion, A Model's Walk: http://amtcdevotions.org/a-models-walk
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.