There are a lot of things in our lives that keep us from being who we really can be. Sometimes they’re friends. Sometimes they’re bad habits or the places we go. Whatever they are, we all have them. Our potential is great. We can all accomplish so much, but a lot of things stand in our way. So what do we do about them?
We throw them out, like Philip Banks throwing Jazz out of his house. If you’ve ever watched The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, you’ll understand the reference I just made. If you’ve never watched it, you really should. But to be brief, the show is about a Philadelphia boy, Will Smith, who goes to live with his aunty and uncle in Bel Air, Vivian and Philip Banks. Will’s friend Jazz is always a nuisance to Philip. A running gag throughout the series was that Philip would always throw Jazz out of the house.
The Savior commanded to remove the elements of our lives that can interfere with our salvation,
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. (Matthew 5:29)
Nothing against Jazz, he just makes a helpful analogy. But if anything enteres into our lives that isn’t in harmony with what Jesus Christ taught, we need to toss it back out onto the street. Uncle Phil had no tolerance for Jazz’s antics. We can’t afford to have any tolerance for sin and evil.