LESSONS FROM THE BIOHAZARD
This post will be very short. i promise.
In West Africa, there has been an outbreak of the deadly virus, Ebola. In the last few weeks, dozens have died. Switch on the television and what dominates the news is the virus. Even the insurgence of Boko-Haram pales to this and has been relegated to the back rack. Scientists from around the world are trying to work on a vaccine for this virus. I was watching some scientists online. They were working in a lab and there was a white pail with a large red and black label which read: BIOHAZARD.
Sharps, gloves, clothes and other items which have come into contact with contaminated or infectious people or things must be placed in this pail for the protection of everyone as these contaminated items have power to bring death to life. Like this deadly virus, Sin is also a contaminate; a biohazard. It has the power to bring death to life. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
Genesis 4:7 tells us that “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it (If you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it (MSG)” .
The writer of Genesis personifies sin making it appear, in my mind, as a vicious creature with slavering jaws crouching at my door, waiting to devour me. This word picture creeps me out. It brings chills to my soul and so it should. Sin is a grave and dangerous enemy, and yet how lightly we can learn to treat it. Perhaps it is because we are dealing with sin every day in every way, for all of life is a choice: to do what is right or not to do what is right.
When we choose to do what is right we choose life and master sin. The creature crouching at the door is denied access to harm us. When we choose not to do right we open the door to him and he does us great damage, killing or maiming our hopes and dreams, our relationships, our health and well-being as well as that of others. If you have any doubt about this just continue to read Genesis 4:8.
Cain’s way brought death, whereas God’s way brings life. Every day we, like Cain, are faced with the creature of sin crouching at our door waiting, waiting for us to choose. So let us not take the beast’s intentions lightly. Let us choose to do right: A choice which is available to everyone who accepts the gift of God which is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. For in Christ as the apostle Paul has penned:
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
Today, I thank God that in Christ I have the power to recognize and master sin that daily crouches at my door. And I pray that God grants me the heart that desires each and every day to do what is right in His sight. In Christ’s name I ask. Amen.
Have a great week y’all.