Sunday, January 23, 2011
I don't post very often, as some of you warmly observe when I finally do. It's knowing that my thoughts might reach someone in the same place, either directly or indirectly, that makes me post at all. Thank you for letting me encourage you.
Many of you may have heard high blood pressure referred to as "the silent killer". It has almost no discernable symptoms. One can feel perfectly fine and be at risk for sudden death at any moment. A routine checkup at the dentist's office sent me to the doctor when my own readings were abnormally high, and now I am on a temporary regimen of medication in addition to my exercise and healthy eating. (I was amused when the doctor seemed surprised that my blood test results came back as "quite reasonable." Even my own doctor wrongly assumed that my excess weight was caused in part by poor diet.) So, now, every day, I take my little pill along with my supplements, dutifully continue to walk indoors and am attempting to fit strength training back into my schedule.
In church this morning, the message was about how Samson, a man whose life was set apart for God while still in the womb, continually flirted with a sinful lifestyle until it finally brought him down. He clearly knew better. It is written that the Spirit of God was upon him multiple times in his life. But he constantly went to places he was not supposed to be, instead of taking every precaution to give glory to God and show respect to the honor and responsibility given to him. And it started me thinking about my life and how diligent I am to guard my soul and put on the armor of God. Am I as concerned about my soul as I am about my body? Am I spending as much time meditating on scripture as I am forcing myself to exercise? My sins aren't as glaring as Samson's. Most of ours aren't. Some of us aren't even aware of exactly what sin is. It is nothing more than missing the mark of perfection that is God. None of us is perfect. And just like darkness isn't able to exist in the same place as light, sin can't exist in the same place as God. And if you're not in the same place as God, you are in mortal danger, even if you feel perfectly fine. That is why He sent His Son, so that we can hide behind His righteousness and hear Him say, "This one is Mine." He died for us, in our place, and suffered punishment He didn't deserve, so that we could have a place in heaven that we don't deserve. All He asks is that we acknowledge our need, accept the gift and let Him guide us through our lives. You can choose new life or you can not choose but be aware that not choosing is still a choice. There are only two options - heaven or hell. Because sin is the *real* silent killer.