Asian carp were brought to the United States to eat algae in ponds and wastewater treatment plants, but these prolific fish have migrated up the Mississippi River and are causing quite a bit of concern. Besides threatening to squeeze out the native fish, the silver carp, which can weigh up to 70 pounds, have a habit of jumping several feet out of the water when they are startled. This has led to some unwanted surprises for many fishermen, boaters and skiers, some of whom have been injured when struck by these huge fish.
The invaders are spreading rapidly, and no one seems to have a good solution to the problem.
In a similar fashion, sin threatens to take over the lives of many people. It starts out in a seemingly innocent way, and then spreads relentlessly, causing unexpected harm along the way. It squeezes many good things out of our lives and injures us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Fortunately, there is a perfect solution for this problem. Jesus Christ died on the cross to take away our sins. By trusting in him, we can stop the unwanted invader of sin from taking over our lives.
“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.”—Romans 6:6-7.