Ever cut your knee, slapped a Band-Aid on it and looked down to find blood had seeped through to the little white square?
Sin is kind of like that. We do something, we fall, get a cut, cover it up. But, eventually the blood seeps through and we can’t deny the ugly blotch.
Sin is a really real thing. More real than the band-aid blood.
Some sin is really obvious (drunkenness, lying, cheating stealing, adultery).
Some is really secretive (coveting, lusting, self-harming).
But all sin is deceiving. Just as deceiving as thinking the band-aid will make the pain go away.
The deceiving thing about sin is it slowly, patiently seeps into our lives, via small openings of compromise and ignored conviction.
All of this takes place hidden beneath layers of skin and veins, running through us all the time, yet completely invisible to the human eye.
And even if you wanted to, you couldn’t find a bandaid to stop the bleeding. Unless of course you allow His blood to cover you.
Eventually, there will or has come a moment when we’ve told ourselves or our friends begging us to go to church: “Look, God wants nothing to do with me and I want nothing to do with Him, okay?”
This is where we see the manifestation of what’s been slowly seeping into our bloodstream.
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.” – Colossians 1:21
We tell ourselves, as a result of what’s been seeping into our souls (as a result of sin) that we are not wanted. We reason (with very good reason) that we are undeserving. Well, it’s true you and I are undeserving. But God still loves us. Always did.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8
We’re convinced we are too far gone to be wanted by anyone, especially a God who is love, and who hates sin.
Or, we convince ourselves that we don’t want Him because He doesn’t permit us to do everything we want, like the things which will ultimately cause us pain and separate us from love and from being able to accept love.
Sin, like a leech, sucks all our worth, all our joy and peace, until one day, when we do hear or feel God calling us, or when a friend speaks truth to us, we can’t accept it.
We can’t because the enemy and sin have seeped into our subconscious and made sure to tell us we are unworthy and unwanted– and to remind us why.
Then we run from God. We run from His love because it’s so unthinkable and so confusing and so unusual, that we simply do not know what to do.
That power, that kind of love is so moving, so transformative and so crazy that we can’t comprehend in. It scares us at first. It scares us until we surrender and choose to step over the teeny tiny gap of fear, to fight the discomfort and disbelief and ask Him to come and cover us, to help us believe and accept this love.
Breathe a sigh of victorious relief, my friend, because you are still here. God still has you alive and well, which means He is still waiting for you, expectantly standing firm in His pursuit of you, planning the welcome celebration for when He sees you running back home.
” So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.” -Luke 15:20-22