Once a year my wife and I go to a health fair sponsored by a local hospital. For a nominal fee we get a detailed lab report based on blood samples that we give. We get the results of our tests a couple of weeks after the health fair.
When I received my results a few weeks ago, one of the numbers jumped off the page and startled me. My fasting blood sugar level was 319. The normal range is 65-99. Needless to say, I immediately scheduled an appointment with my doctor. Within a couple of days, I was taking medication, checking my blood twice a day and watching my diet more closely than ever before. My numbers soon came down to an acceptable level.
My wife’s blood sugar was high also. At least according to the report that highlighted her number the same way it did mine. Her number was—are you ready for this?—101. Of course 101 is nothing to be concerned about. It’s just barely over the normal level. Her “high” blood sugar number was not nearly as bad as mine.
Unfortunately, this is the same way some people look at the sin in their life. Their sin isn’t nearly as bad as someone else’s, therefore they don’t have a sin problem. The thing is, we all have a sin problem. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and “…the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23). The little lie you told, or the time you let your temper get the best of you, or the extra change that you knowingly kept when the cashier made a mistake…Any of those sins separate you from God just as surely as if you had lied under oath, killed someone in anger or used a gun to rob a bank. All sin that is unforgiven separates us from God.
Thankfully, Jesus remedies that situation. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). No matter what your “sin numbers” are, Jesus can take those sins away and allow you to live with God—in this life, and for all eternity!