Right now, as you are watching this, a massive war is raging inside of you. This is a war we cannot see with the naked eye and we are blissfully ignorant of most of the time. We are encountering billions of germs every day- some of which are helpful, others quite harmful. The harmful ones will attack our cells or fight to steal away our nutrients.
However, we have a robust defense system that stands ready to protect us. You and I probably have somewhere between 20-50 billion white blood cells in our bodies right now. They come in many different shapes and sizes, with different ways to protect us. These are our soldiers that are coordinating together to find, identify, and destroy pathogenetic bacteria and viruses. Not to be outdone, these invaders to our body often turn against our immune system, destroying white blood cells, and the battle rages on from before we were born to after we die.
What is at stake is our very lives. If any one of these invaders gains the upper hand and overpowers our immune system- and if we can’t intervene in time with modern medicine- we die. However, our white blood cells don’t fight the battle alone. Our bodies will elevate our temperature- giving us fever that kills off invaders. We have an entire immune system dedicated to one task- preserving our lives. We have skin as a first line of defense, antibodies, the complement system, the lymphatic system, the spleen, thymus, and bone marrow all coordinating to keep us safe. This is far beyond my understanding – a fascinating field of study that specialized doctors dedicate their whole lives to. Mostly, thankfully, what we deal with on a practical level are simply the symptoms of the war heating up in our bodies.
However, there is a different war going on within that has even higher stakes and demands our attention. This is not a sickness of the body- but worse- a sickness of the mind, heart, soul, and spirit. This happens we allow ourselves to be consumed by ourselves and has devastating consequences. Hatred that causes us to turn on each other. Addictions control our lives and cause devastation in our relationships. Self-centeredness that keeps us from being good and doing good to others. Above all- thoughts, attitudes, and actions that separate us from loving fellowship with God and one another. These behaviors are worthy of damnation.
You and I see the devastation caused by sin all the time- both in ourselves and in others. What can we do about it though: other than complain and feel ashamed? We are not alone or powerless in this struggle! God’s Word gives us a powerful answer in Galatians 5:16-26. We will be looking at it this weekend and I can’t wait to share with you.
Please join us this Sunday morning, 10:15 am at Christ Community Church to explore this vital subject. You are also welcome to join us for Bible Study at 9- we have classes for children, teens, and adults of all ages.
God bless you! Have a great weekend, and stay healthy out there!
-Pastor Nathan Rice