Last week I caught the Influenza A virus that has been crushing every corner of the United States. I wish I knew the person who spewed their mucous laden, virus infused spit on me so I could “thank them”, but alas I do not. What I do know is that between bouts of trying to pry the toilet off it’s base while dry heaving my soul into the bowl and having schizophrenic episodes of body shivers and sweats I realized that the flu actually teaches me a lot about sin.
Here are Four Things I learned.
1. The Flu Makes You Look Repulsive…so does Sin
I’m not sure if you knew this or not, but you don’t look good when you have the flu. Pale, sweaty, and puffy are not part of the next “in” fitness craze. The reason is that the virus inside you is causing your body to revolt and fight it with every possible means necessary. It’s not looking for style points. The same happens with sin in our life. You look repulsive when you sin. Your soul is trying to do whatever it can to make things right but the sin just distorts the whole picture.
2. The Flu Isolates You…so does Sin
My room became my cave for 3 days and no one wanted to come in. My wife would only come into check to make sure I was alive and maybe thrown a Lysol grenade in from time to time, but other than that it was me, my pillows, and my misery. Sin will cause you to do the same thing. Sin wants you to isolate yourself and build up a cocoon of selfishness that no one can penetrate. Sin wants you weak, alone, and dependent on only it to survive.
3. The Flu Hits When You Are Weak…so does Sin
The easiest time for you to get the flu is when you are stressed, tired, and not eating the right things. When your body is weakened it’s defenses are compromised which is a playground for viruses. Why in the world do you think so many college students get mono around finals time? It’s because they are stressed out and their bodies are more worried about their calc final than fighting off a bug. Sin loves when we are weak too. In fact what it loves to do is attack you when you are down and out because it can get it’s best claws in then. If you are wondering why you seem to be sinning more maybe check how you are taking care of yourself and your soul.
4. The Flu Is Easily Spread To Others…so is Sin
The worst part about the flu I just had was that I spread it to my staff. Yep, we had an all staff retreat the day I started to feel crummy and it wasn’t until after the retreat was over that I went to the doctor. Sure enough about a day later, one by one my staff was texting me and saying they had it too. The flu was now having a field day with my crew, but you could trace it back to this guy right here. I felt doubly terrible. I’m not sure if you knew this, but your sin effects other people too. There is collateral damage to the decisions we make when we sin. It effects those we love and care about even when we think it’s only effecting us. That’s part of the evil of sin. It sprays like a shotgun not like the sniper’s bullet we want it to be.
There is not doubt that the flu sucks the life out of you.
Don’t kid yourself, sin is sucking the life out of you too.
The difference is that the flu will usually pass after a few days, but sin may last an eternity if you don’t deal with it. Jesus is the answer to your sin virus.
He says “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)
Let me let you in on a little secret.
You and I make really crummy sin doctors. In fact we are literally the worst, but Jesus is the Surgeon General of sin annihilation. Let Him do what he does best and run like the wind from the sin in your life. Believe me, living a life with Jesus Christ MD as your personal physician is way better than self diagnosing and being in the fetal position rocking back in forth in a warm shower the rest of your life.