I preached a message on Gideon back in February (watch it online here) and I talked about how we are often preoccupied with our personal flaws even when nobody else even notices them. I mentioned a little mole-looking thing under my left eye and how it has begun to look so big to me, but nobody else even realized that I had it. The sermon then was to remember that God doesn't see you for your sin or your mistakes or your perceived lack of gifts, talents or skills. God sees you, like He saw Gideon, as a mighty warrior for His Kingdom.
Well, then I went to the doctor for my annual physical exam which I hadn't done for three years (get a physical!!!). I mentioned this little mole-ish skin tag under my eye to the doctor and he instantly referred me to the dermatologist. The dermatologist looked at the spot under my eye and instantly diagnosed it as basal cell carcinoma - skin cancer - not the scary kind, but still the kind you get rid of. After the biopsy confirmed the initial diagnosis, I was scheduled for surgery.
About a week ago, I had the cancer removed on the first day and then it was closed up the second day of surgery. That's why I will look a bit tougher than usual when I'm preaching this weekend.
So that same "flaw" that I was preoccupied with and nobody noticed was actually something that would have killed me if I didn't do anything about it. It's true that God sees us beyond our flaws and even our sin, but that's because the shed blood of Christ on the cross has paid the penalty for our sin. He chose to take that cancer of sin upon Himself. He has removed it from us.
Here's the thing, if we have unresolved sin in our lives, even as believers, it will eat away at us like a cancer. But He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness!
This weekend we are continuing our Better Together series in the book of Ephesians where we are learning about how the Holy Spirit gives us security in our salvation and gives us a passionate promise for a forever future with God. The wound under my eye was sealed by a talented plastic surgeon. How much greater is that we are sealed by the power of the Holy Spirit, a power beyond any other in the universe.
This weekend is also the Reach Fair in the Lobby where you will find tons of different ways that you can serve here at Calvary, in the community and around the world. Come with a passion to see how God can use you for His Kingdom purposes.
May God bless you today! And get your physical exam if you've been neglecting it. It could save your life.