Much is in the news about North Americaâ€™sÂ increasing tendency towardsÂ obesity due to our sedentaryÂ lifestyle and fast-food diet. BothÂ children and adults are affected.
People are becoming concernedÂ about their health and weight. PaulÂ Harvey News in July 2008, told ofÂ one woman in the United States whoÂ decided to lose weight. She tried theÂ Atkins diet, the South Beach Diet,Â and any other diet that she heard of.Â She tried exercise. She consulted withÂ her doctor to get new ideas. NothingÂ helped! She was considering havingÂ her jaw wired shut to help her in herÂ quest to lose pounds. In due course,Â she went to see a different doctor whoÂ ordered some medical tests. The resultsÂ showed that she had an abdominalÂ tumour. She actually required four surgeriesÂ to remove the over 130-poundÂ tumour. She had tried in many ways toÂ help herself, but she needed more thanÂ what her efforts could accomplish.
When I heard this story, itÂ reminded me of what we try to doÂ about our sin. Some of us try to cleanÂ up our act. We give up smoking orÂ drinking or swearing, hoping thatÂ will make us fit for Heaven. Or weÂ try adding church attendance to ourÂ weekly routine. Some feel that beingÂ tolerant of others who are differentÂ than us will merit Godâ€™s favour. WeÂ try to get Godâ€™s approval, but in Godâ€™sÂ sight â€œall our righteousnesses are as filthyÂ ragsâ€ (Isaiah 64:6).
We need the help of the GreatÂ Physician. The Lord Jesus ChristÂ can do for us what we canâ€™t do forÂ ourselves â€“ make us fit for Heaven.Â Our problem is sin. God sent HisÂ Son to this world to die on the cross,Â to take the punishment for our sins.Â When we trust Him and accept Him asÂ our Saviour, then our sin is dealt withÂ and we are made fit for Heaven.
Have you asked for forgiveness forÂ your sins and found the wonderfulÂ peace that comes from knowing all isÂ well with your soul? â€œAnd having madeÂ peace through the blood of His cross â€¦â€Â (Colossians 1:2).â€œ â€¦ the peace of God,Â which passeth all understanding, shallÂ keep your hearts and minds through ChristÂ Jesusâ€ (Philippians 4:7).
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