January 2, 2020
January 2, 2020, 7:00 AM

I have a cold. It’s not fun; plus, I am a guy so it’s a million times worse for me. I think it’s a good thing that women have childbirth as a reference point so they can understand what it’s like for a man to have a cold. Obviously I am kidding (or at least I am going to say I am kidding to avoid all women everywhere rising as one to have me exiled.)


When one is reduced to resting and hydrating in the vague hope of being able to stop blowing one's nose, it makes a guy think. Throw in the perfect storm of a new year with its inevitable call to stop and ponder and you get a perfect storm of philosophical wandering.


The one thought I want to get out in this post is this. How amazing is it that something as small as a virus can absolutely wreak havoc on an entire human body? A viral cell ranges in size from 20-250 nanometers. If like me, you don’t routinely work with nanometers, let me tell you how small that is. A nanometer is one billionth of a matter or .000000001 meters. That tiny little virus can only multiply in the cells of another living being. It can live or exist on a surface, but in order for it to multiply it needs to enter your body. And that’s where things get messy. As the virus multiplies inside of us, our body tries to fight it off by releasing antibodies. The result is lots of extra mucus and lots of feeling sick. In seven to ten days, if all goes well, you recover and this cold becomes one of the many you fought off successfully.


Sin is kind of like a virus. It exists outside of our body, but in order for it to really mess with us it has to get inside of us. Once it does, it multiplies. It attacks us and tries to take control. You aren’t alone in the fight. The Holy Spirit, who dwells inside each who follow Jesus, operates like our body's immune system. However, when we have a cold we usually do the right thing and try and recover. Sometimes, when we are in the midst of sin, we keep hurting ourself. Can you imagine anyone with a cold making it worse by running around licking door handles? That’s what some of us do when we are sick with sin. We keep exposing ourself to more and more of it, and we wonder “why aren’t I getting spiritually healthy?”


I don’t want you to think I’ve gone off the rails, I am standing on the shoulders of giants here. The Apostle Paul wrote these words:


“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.” Romans 6:11-14


I don’t have to live sick, and I am not under the law. I will not be conquered by sin. I am under grace and I will not be sick, or ruled by sin, forever. This year, I am going to fight sin in my life whenever I see it. I can and will have victory. Thanks be to God; that is true for all who follow Jesus. May Jesus deliver you from whatever sins you are struggling with. And if possible, keep you free from colds.


In God’s Grip,

Pastor Mark


02-04-2020 at 8:31 AM
Lynette Sherer
Interesting analogy!
01-03-2020 at 4:44 PM
Linda Gatewood
Not a bad comparison.
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