Moms are notorious for saying things that they thought they’d never say. When you become a Mommy – some things from your childhood that your Mama said, just come out of your mouth. One of them is “Don’t pick that scab – it will get infected!” Of course, there had to be some kind of wound there or you wouldn’t have a scab in the first place!
This seems to be good advice for all of us. You see, Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We’ve all been infected with sin. We are all sinners. But God, through His infinite mercy gave us a “cure.” He sent His Son to to earth because of His great love for us (John 3:16). Through Him, we can be cleansed from from our sins. In I Corinthians 6:11, Paul has just gone through a list of sins, and he said, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” Yes, even though they had been “infected” by sin, they were made well through the blood of the Lamb. How wonderful that there is no sin so great that Christ’s blood can’t cleanse. May we be as Jeremiah and say, “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.” (Jeremiah 32:17)
But sometimes, it’s like we start picking at a scab. We can’t leave the “world” alone. Maybe we are influenced by worldly friends or we try to “straddle the fence” from our old life and our new Christian life. We fall back into our old sinful ways, and risk getting “re-infected” by the world of sin. This happened to Demas, who is called a fellow-laborer of Paul in Philemon 1:24. But later, in II Timothy 4:10, Paul sadly said that, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica . . .” How tragic for one, who has been washed in the blood of the lamb, to go back into the world.
We need to fill our lives with spiritual activities and not give the devil an opportunity to start making inroads in our lives. So, I guess that once again Mama was right – “Don’t pick that scab” and risk infection! God Bless, Courtney