The Pervasive Virus of Sin
Just like COVID-19 secretly spread worldwide and has done incredible damage, sin has done the same thing. We have done a lot of things to try to combat the coronavirus and we are still not sure what has truly helped or not. Have masks, social distancing, Vitamin D, closing down society, and the many other things that we have done really helped? Probably a bit, but viruses are pervasive. They are unwelcomed guests into our world and there is little that we can do to stop it. In the same way, when our parents (Adam & Eve) sinned in the Garden of Eden, they introduced the virus of sin into our world. Satan, with all his demonic forces, laugh at the destruction that they have caused with this virus. While the coronavirus will not affect everyone, sin does. We have all been tainted by it and it has caused us to be relationally separated from God. Romans 5–7 speak of this separation and the problem that it causes. Specifically, in chapter 7 we are told how sin corrupts us even when we want to do good. We start off well, yet end up doing wrong. It is so frustrating! The good news is that God became a man to die in our place and to crush the power of sin in our lives. No, He does not take sin away from us. We still live with the pervasiveness of sin in us and around us, but we now have a greater power living within us. Jesus Christ is the antidote or vaccine to sin and we have the ability to say yes to Him and no to sin. We didn’t have that before. However, the hope of this is found not just in what Jesus did for us on the cross, but in our belief and acceptance of His payment for our sin. Our hope must be in Christ alone. While I am thankful for the COVID-19 vaccine, I am not standing in line to get one just yet. I will take a wait and see approach. Unfortunately, that is how many people are with Jesus. They will not go all in for Jesus, and because of that, they are stuck in a life controlled by and frustrated in sin.