Coastal people understand the sun. So do farmers, softball coaches, and anyone else who spends much time outdoors.
Cooped up all winter, we head out on the first warm day, and we search for the sun. Heat, we cry! We want to bask in the sun.
Even so, while the rays of the sun feel wonderful, hours later we discover the opposite side of the equation. Sun and warmth equal sunburn on the other side.
How do we recognize sunburn? Our skin gets tender, then we see the red begin to deepen, and finally, the pain envelops us with every move we make.
Hmm. How about that? That’s exactly like shame. We enjoy our time basking in our sin, and then we realize our sin has given us a sinburn. It hurts every time we move, and we are certain everyone can see it blazing in its reddened glory.
We can’t hide sinburn, no matter how deeply we trowel on the makeup.
God’s Word reveals how to avoid sinburn.
2 Timothy 2:15 tells us we need protection from the damaging effects of sin.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
This is our sunscreen. Make that say sinscreen. Sin can’t burn us when we rightly handle the Word of Truth.
Hebrews 10:26 makes it clear that our sinscreen can become depleted.
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.”
There is no sinscreen available for those who continue to bask in the rays of sin after they have been taught that repeated sinburns can cause cancers and even lead to an untimely death.
Hebrews 11:6 gives us a full and complete list of the protecting ingredients in our bottle of sinscreen.
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
Our faith is our protection from sin. Apply it liberally in our lives, and we can walk through a sinful world and remain unscathed.
Matthew 6:33 is our promise of unlimited refills.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
When our sinscreen runs low, we can refill our bottle. The process involves reading our Bibles and searching for the Truth of God every day.
There should be a warning on the Word of God, one for the devil to read.
“This Book Is Dangerous for Purveyors of Sin, for When Its Pages Are Opened, the Power of God Will Come Surging Forth, Coating and Protecting the Child of God.”
When we cover up with God, we are protected from the damaging rays of sin.
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Rewind Wednesday: Originally Published on February 06, 2015 in Faith