When you come to the point of reading your Bible every day (which is something that EVERY Christian ought to do), you might come to a section that doesn't seem very relevant to your life. I know that I have! We often tend to push the chapter(s) aside and say, "this isn't important to me or my life in the 21st century!" And yet, sometimes God hides gems of truth inside the longest and driest chapters of the Bible. This post is about one truth that I found while reading Leviticus.
|Photo thanks to my little brother. =)|
Leviticus 13 is titled, "The Law Concerning Leprosy." Haha...a blog post about leprosy? Yes, be forewarned! =)
Leprosy was a common skin disease back in the Biblical times. In some places around the world, it is still common to find. The disease would literally eat away your skin. It was also highly contagious. If you found those "little, white spots" on your skin, you would be forced to leave your family, your friends, and your previous life. You would be confined outside of the camp—alone. Your only company would be other lepers.
Leviticus has lots of rules about how to determine if someone has leprosy. Simply put, if you had white spots, there was a large chance that it was leprosy. (Don't become paranoid that you have it, please! That is NOT the point of this blog post. Haha.)
Those little spots would change your life.
Leprosy is a lot like sin. Maybe you just have "a little bit" of sin. Maybe you've only said "little" lies, thought only a few bad thoughts, or stolen insignificant things. Compared to others around you who have done horrible sins, you might look pretty good right?
Romans 6:23 says, " For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
It doesn't say anything about big or little sins. If you have committed any sins (and we all have), then you are a sinner in need of a Savior. What is worse, is that those "little, white spots" of sin that you have will come between you and Him. Just like leprosy, you are unclean. Sinful. Filthy.
That's where the Good News comes in! Yes, I have sinned. Yes, my heart
is was covered in little, white spots. But because Jesus has died for us, "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
So....how are you going to live your life? Will you say, "My sins are so little compared to all the good I've done. God couldn't possibly hold them against me?" That answer won't work when you come before the Judge. Or, are you going to give up your life for the One who gave His life for you?
Those little white spots will stand between you and Jesus. Are you going to ask His help to take care of them?
Thoughts? Comment below!
Thoughts? Comment below!