Corrosion and sin seem to have something in common. Take a flashlight for example, as it ages, rust and corrosion build up inside. You may have a fully charged battery but it may not seem that way. As corrosion builds up it impairs the free flow of electrons which power the bulb giving us light. This can occur in several places within the flashlight itself, the base where the first battery’s negative pole touches or perhaps where the batteries touch, maybe the switch or even the connector of the bulb itself. Usually this can be remedied with a few swipes of fine sandpaper on all contact points. Why all? Usually, not paying attention to corrosion means that it’s gradually corroding at all of the contact points in varying degrees. That unfortunately means that the light output is impaired. Oh yes, we can use it like this but sometimes the light flickers, seems increasingly dimmer or goes out altogether. We may vigorously shake it around and get a bit of light for a moment, but it invariably fails. It’s not till we actually address the underlying problem of corrosion within the flashlight itself, that it will work as designed and give us a bright light. No analogy is perfect, neither is this one, because you could have batteries that are dead. But in contemplating the life of a child of God, I see the same things. The Holy Spirit within us is hampered and made less effective in our lives as a result of sin, He just cant operate like He once did. Sin has a corrosive effect on the life of a Christian. If you are a Christian, then it applies to you, because none of us is immune to it. Perhaps we allow anger to permeate us with no allowance for forgiveness over some perceived or even real slight we have endured. This can result in sickness or weakness.
1 Cor 11:27-30
Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.
Perhaps unconfessed sin is robbing us of power in our life. We no longer see the answers to prayers we once had, and doubts begin to creep in. Eventually our light begins to dim and becomes ineffective except for a few stutters of activity here and there, all but useless to a God who paid a good price for us. Well, just like the flashlight, there is a remedy. What is needed is repentance and acceptance of the restoration that comes with it. Simply put, submission to Him. You see if we think we can truly forgive someone but still sin in another area, well, like the flashlight it may improve the situation some, but we will still suffer a loss of power and effectiveness in our lives. You’ll note I haven’t listed a bunch of sins, it’s really not necessary, because submission to God and His will takes care of all of it. Just like the sandpaper, repentance and submission to God enables God to work through our lives in a powerful way and like the flashlight we can once again shine brightly for Him. He paid a lot for us, don’t you think He deserves it? It’s good to do this daily, because the corrosive effect of sin is ongoing, and it happens quickly.
1 John 5:7-9
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.