What My Cyst Taught Me About Worship [Devotion]
I am going to share a secret with you that I’ve only told a couple of people. I’ve had a cyst on my back, right under my neckline, for several years. According to WebMD, cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material. Sounds fun, huh?
It started out as a little bump that I hardly noticed. I didn’t think much of it, especially since it wasn’t in an area that people can easily see. Eventually, I noticed it grew more so I went to the doctor, but I was told it wasn’t anything to worry about. They gave me an antibiotic, but it didn’t do anything.
That was a few years ago. I went to another doctor last year and asked about it and I was told it probably will stay the same and not grow anymore, since I’ve had it for several years and haven’t noticed much change. She also said it can be removed, but it would really only be for cosmetic purposes.
Just over a month ago, I started feeling ill. My body just didn’t feel normal. Every morning I started waking up feeling just run down and miserable. During the day I would feel constantly hot. It affected my work, my family time, and my daily activities. I could tell my body was fighting something, but I wasn't sure what.
Then, one day I noticed my cyst was red and started hurting. I waited a couple of weeks until finally it got worse and worse, and I realized my feeling ill is probably related to the cyst, so I headed to urgent care on a Saturday afternoon. The doctor told me that the cyst was infected and my body was trying to fight it. He recommended a procedure that would puncture it and drain out all the pus.
I agreed to the procedure and right there on a Saturday afternoon, I laid on the table and experienced one of the weirdest things ever. He punctured the cyst, drained everything out, and discovered a wall that the root of it was hiding behind. He told me that he had to try to remove it so that it doesn't grow back. He took a tweezer-like instrument and proceeded to pick at the wall and removed it piece by piece. I felt sick and nauseous as I felt the instrument tugging at something underneath my skin.
The procedure took about 30 minutes and I left a changed man. My body started to feel normal again. And, the bump that had been under my neckline, that I was self-conscious about and tried to hide by wearing certain shirts for years, was finally gone!
So why do I share this story? Is it to gross you out? No, in fact, it’s a bit embarrassing to tell you about my cyst. However, God used my cyst to speak to me about sin and I sensed God telling me to share about it on this site.
You see, my cyst is a lot like sin in our lives. The first time a sin enters our lives, we notice and if it doesn’t go away, we get concerned. But, eventually we may get used to it and try to hide it to make sure nobody sees it. We pretend everything’s fine and go about our lives, while having hidden sin in our lives. We lead worship, teach the Bible, and interact with others as if nothing’s wrong, but deep inside our hearts, the Holy Spirit reminds us that there is sin that needs to be addressed.
Eventually, that sin starts to affect every part of our lives. It keeps us from being effective in ministry, marriage, and life. God wants to bring it to light and remove it from our lives once and for all.
When we surrender and ask God to remove the sin from our lives, He, as our surgeon, removes the sin and cleanses us. He doesn't just address it on the surface-level, He gets to the root. Sometimes when God removes the sin, it is painful. But, if we don’t allow Him to remove the sin, it will eventually ruin our lives and ministry.
Will you heed His voice and surrender today as an act of worship? And, ask God to remove the hidden sin from your life once and for all?Comment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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