Much is in the news about North America’s increasing tendency towards obesity due to our sedentary lifestyle and fast-food diet. Both children and adults are affected.
People are becoming concerned about their health and weight. Paul Harvey News in July 2008, told of one woman in the United States who decided to lose weight. She tried the Atkins diet, the South Beach Diet, and any other diet that she heard of. She tried exercise. She consulted with her doctor to get new ideas. Nothing helped! She was considering having her jaw wired shut to help her in her quest to lose pounds. In due course, she went to see a different doctor who ordered some medical tests. The results showed that she had an abdominal tumour. She actually required four surgeries to remove the over 130-pound tumour. She had tried in many ways to help herself, but she needed more than what her efforts could accomplish.
When I heard this story, it reminded me of what we try to do about our sin. Some of us try to clean up our act. We give up smoking or drinking or swearing, hoping that will make us fit for Heaven. Or we try adding church attendance to our weekly routine. Some feel that being tolerant of others who are different than us will merit God’s favour. We try to get God’s approval, but in God’s sight “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).
We need the help of the Great Physician. The Lord Jesus Christ can do for us what we can’t do for ourselves – make us fit for Heaven. Our problem is sin. God sent His Son to this world to die on the cross, to take the punishment for our sins. When we trust Him and accept Him as our Saviour, then our sin is dealt with and we are made fit for Heaven.
Have you asked for forgiveness for your sins and found the wonderful peace that comes from knowing all is well with your soul? “And having made peace through the blood of His cross…” (Colossians 1:2). “…the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
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