The Biohazard

Friday, November 7, 2014
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Genesis 4:7 – If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it. (NIV)

At work, there is a white pail with a large red and black label which reads, BIOHAZARD.

Sharps, gloves, clothes, and other items which have come into contact with contaminated or infectious people or things must be placed in this pail for the protection of everyone, as these contaminated items have power to bring death to life.

Sin is a contaminate — a biohazard. It has the power to bring death to life.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV)

The writer of Genesis personifies sin, making it appear, in my mind, as a vicious creature with slavering jaws crouching at my door, waiting to devour me. This word picture creeps me out. It brings chills to my soul, and so it should. Sin is a grave and dangerous enemy, and yet, how lightly we can learn to treat it. Perhaps it is because we are dealing with sin every day in every way, for all of life is a choice: to do what is right or not to do what is right.

When we choose to do what is right, we choose life and master sin. The creature crouching at the door is denied access to harm us. When we choose not to do right, we open the door to him and he does us great damage, killing or maiming our hopes and dreams, our relationships, and our health and well-being, as well as that of others. If you have any doubt about this, just continue to read Genesis 4:8b – "Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him."

Cain's way brought death, whereas God's way brings life.

Every day, we, like Cain, are faced with the creature of sin crouching at our door, waiting — waiting for us to choose. So let us not take the beast's intentions lightly. Let us choose to do right: a choice which is available to everyone who accepts the gift of God which is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. For in Christ, as the apostle Paul has penned:

Philippians 4:13 – I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (NIV)

Prayer: Father God, thank You that in Christ, we have the power to recognize and master sin that daily crouches at our door. Grant us hearts that desire each and every day to do what is right in Your sight. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A good reminder Lynne.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for writing; I never tire of the words of wisdom God lays on your heart to write about.

    Thanks, Lynne, for the courage to write on this subject. Daily we are attacked, yet no one seems to talk about satan, especially Pastors. It’s been said that “the greatest lie of the devil is that he doesn’t exist.

    Lynne, you did an excellent job illustrating a frightening image of sin!
    Thanks for writing this important truth.

    Hi Lynne
    What a good devotional reminder that we must not give in to sin as it “crouches by the door!” Do continue to write
    God bless.

    Took time from my busy day and just knew it was you.
    Great devotional.
    Love and blessings.

    Yes Lynne,
    You compared the 2 forces very well. I worked in dialysis for many years and sin does relate very well to bio-hazard materials.
    I enjoyed your devotional and trust it will spark many to think twice.
    Gods blessings upon you.

    You painted a vivid picture which reminded me of the coyote who crouched outside on my porch last winter lying in wait for my dog to come out for his nightly mission. But my dog was too smart for him and barked up a storm which chased the little devil away.
    Good example for me to always be alert.

    Clearly written, Lynne!
    Sin is grim company in life and death!
    Happy are those whose sin is covered.
    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Whosoever believes in Him shall not perish.”
    God bless!

    Dear Lynne,
    Thanks for the fine scripture-daily life parallels, leading into scripture-scripture comparisons, and culminating in words in the prayer: Grant us hearts that desire each and every day to do what is right in Your sight. In Christ’s name, we ask. Amen.
    Thank you.
    Keep writing.

    Hi Lynne!
    Thanks for writing to us.
    I have begun to prepare to take leadership of “Young Children in Worship” at my church so am beginning to learn the way to tell stories of faith as presented in this method of Faith Formation based on Montessori education principles.
    In the first story about The Good Shepherd, the Shepherd leads his sheep through the rocks and hazards of the dangerous place and sees the sheep safely back to the sheepfold.
    I am so glad I have taken to heart The GIFT of God’s love and care for me through Christ and can know what Him and He does for me. That is “Shalom”/ Peace.

    Thank you Lynn.

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