Sick. Oh, so sick. Infected. A couple of years ago, a viral infection invaded my body. Did I mention I was sick? Ugh! It took me months to recover.
I had the flu, a viral infection. A respiratory illness. Infections search for a host, invade the host-body, and look for cells to bind to. Then spread out to other hosts.
But I’ve also had another infectious disease: S-I-N! Yeah, something not talked about much any more.
Sin is like that illness: it is highly infectious. Haggai 2:12b and 13b says, “[Holiness is not infectious]…[Unholiness is infectious.]” (AMPC)
Just as viral infections spread and infect anyone close to the sick person, sin loves to spread its tentacles to latch onto anyone close. To find a host for its invasion and spread its impurities to others.
Paul warned the Corinthian believers of the pervasiveness of sin, liking it to yeast, “Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened.” (1 Cor. 5:6-7a NKJV)
Paul also warned the Galatian church of the same, “But it takes only one wrong person among you to infect all the others – a little yeast spreads quickly through the whole batch of dough!” (Gal. 5:9 NLT) So “one sinner can destroy much that is good.” (Eccl. 9:18 NLT)
All sin originates out of the selfishness of the flesh; therefore, after we succumb to a fleshly desire, what is the aftermath? What do we forfeit—our peace, joy, the working of the gifts of the Spirit, our prayers, relationships with others, jobs, or our fellowship with the Lord?
When God commanded the Israelites not to partake of the devoted or accursed things of the enemies they conquered, He had a very good reason.
To ensure against the spread of sin, Joshua warned the people before the walls of Jericho fell not to take any of the accursed things out of that city. He told them to “keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it.” (Josh. 6:18 NIV)
(Excerpt from Ready or Not…Here He Comes! Not yet available.)
After their victory at Jericho, Israel was defeated at Ai. Joshua asked the Lord for the reason. God told him that they had stolen some of the accursed things and lied about it by putting it among their own things.
God said all Israel had sinned; however, only one possessed sticky fingers. One brought guilt on the whole camp. One, aptly named Achan, meaning troubler, was the one who had pilfered the Lord’s treasures and buried them in the ground in his tent.
After revealing Achan’s identity, God commanded that he be destroyed because he broke covenant. His sin brought punishment not only upon himself but also upon his entire household, for all were stoned to death and then burned with all their possessions.
The defilement of unholiness contaminates everything. Sin is not exclusive; it does not keep to itself.
Contrary to what we might think, if we do not deal with our sins, they will infect and affect those around us. Not content to remain quarantined within one person, sin oozes out like an infectious fungus, feeding upon the nearest host. It affects the whole body of Christ, just as it contaminated the Israelite camp, spreading its infection and afflicting the whole family of God.
In our sin-sick condition, we need a blood transfusion. We need new blood to run through our heart. We need the blood that washes away the stains of guilt and disobedience. The blood that destroyed the power of death. The blood that never loses its power. The blood of Christ!
Sin counted on death for us, but the blood of Christ on the cross gave us new life that lasts throughout eternity.
Stay protected. Don’t be a host to that infectious disease called Sin!