Today I was working out on the elliptical for the first time in a long time because I was not feeling like dodging the thunderstorm that the news said was on the way. I was doing a 30-minute workout. In the last five minutes, I cranked it up to the hardest levels just to burn it in. . .and guess what. It got me thinking. . .about sin. Naturally, you say.
It made me think of sin because of how hard I struggled with the elliptical and that’s so like the weight of sin on our lives. With the elliptical set on high, you feel like you’re walking through quick sand. It’s heavy, slowing you down, pulling you under. Have you ever had that feeling with sin of just completely missing the boat on something and then dealing with the guilt and the shame of sin? It constantly hits you right between the ears with the messages that “you’re worthless,” “God can’t love you,” “you’ll always deal with this,” “sinner!” “[insert your own message here that takes you out at the knees].” Every time we sin, the accuser of the brethren (and sistren ;-D) is right there tormenting us, holding us back from what we’re supposed to be doing, holding us down with as much weight as he can make out of the sin.”
But instead of holding us down like the accuser, our Brother is saying, “Here, take my load. I’ll take yours, again.
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light. (Matthew 11:29-30)
While you’re walking with mine and I’m walking with yours, let’s go into the presence of the Father. Let me do the talking.” Then our Brother turns and says, “Father, this is my brother and I died for him. He’s covered. I stand in His place. I took his sin so he could gain You.”
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.