It’s getting close to winter time and with the change in seasons comes more sick kids in my classroom. It’s tough being in a small room with a group of coughing, sneezing students and I can’t escape till the end of the day. The best I can do is remind them to wash their hands throughout the day, to use sanitizer, and to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough.
It’s an uphill battle though. I know many adults who are minor germaphobes, but trying to convince third graders that they should do a better job at staying clean is just about impossible. That is why I have a sign next to the sink in my classroom that reads, “If you could see the germs, you’d wash your hands.” If they could see the evidence of their uncleanliness, they may be more inclined to do something about it.
I wish this were only true with kids, but it’s not. There are many smokers who would probably be willing to give up that nasty habit if only they could see the actual damage that their lungs are suffering. Likewise, if they were able to view the internal damage to their brains and livers, most alcoholics would consider quitting as well. But there’s an even more damaging habit that I hope we would all address in order to save not only our lives but our very souls.
This post will not deal directly with the fact that we all have sin in our lives (Romans 3:23), but unless we do something about it, we are doomed to be eternally separated from God. If you could see the damage your sin causes, would you be more willing to make changes? If you could see the distance that your sin causes between you and God, would you be more likely to repent? I ask because I believe there is a way we can see the trouble our sin creates.
Open up your Bible and read Hebrews 4:12. Better yet, I’ll quote it for you here.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
This verse teaches us that we have to look no further than God’s word to find the conviction we need to honestly examine our sin problem. Everyday, we have the opportunity to open our bibles and read of God’s immeasurable love for us, his desire that we be saved, and the obedience we must show in order to give our lives over to Him. His word can pierce through our excuses and lies and convict us of where we offend and disobey God.
If you could see your sin, would you do something about it? I pray that you do before it’s eternally too late!