Pastor’s Pen: Headache or tumor
Have you ever been going through the day and suddenly had a headache? What do you do? You probably take some type of headache medication. If it is bad enough, you may take a nap hoping to feel better when you awake. You know you are ill, but you’re pretty certain you can handle it. A doctor is unnecessary. But what if your headache continued to throb day after day after day? You took the strongest medicine you could find to no avail. You tried to sleep, but the constant pain kept you tossing and turning throughout the night. Eventually, you would probably make your way to the doctor. Let’s say you get there and he says, “You have tumor growing around your brain. You need surgery right away.” Would you believe him or think you could handle it on your own?
Many times we, and I mean me, treat sin like it’s a headache. I know it’s there and it can get in the way of life at times, but I can handle it. I’ll just pop into church this Sunday and I’m all better. I’ll just try a little harder next time. I don’t really need God. I got this!
But we need to remind ourselves that sin isn’t simply a headache. Sin is a tumor. It causes a headache, but suppressing the pain of the headache doesn’t cure the tumor. I need the great Physician to do His work in my life. This is what Christ said in Mark 2:17, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
As long as I think I can handle my sin and I’m good enough then I won’t need God. But once I realize the invasiveness of my sin and the fact that I cannot handle it on my own then, and only then, will I be ready to cry out to the only One who can save me. This is what David did in Psalm 51;
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love;
According to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin….
…Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
Come to the only Physician who can cleanse you of your sin. Come to Jesus Christ.