just keep swimming, away from sin

I think many of you are familiar with this scene and this movie. Finding Nemo  is and always will be a classic.  I have always thought of this movie in a lighter, fun sense, but let’s think about this scene in a different way.

we are Marlin, the orange fish, or Dory, the blue fish,  going through life and suddenly something catches our eye. it is bright, shiny and looks in no way harmful.  at first it looks good and maybe even practical, but then the angler fish pops up out of nowhere and things go downhill very quickly. the shiny light and the angler fish represent sin.

Satan is smart. he knows most people have more common sense than to jump into sin. at first the sin seems harmless, maybe even helpful. then slowly you are addicted or completely absorbed in this thing, and you cannot see your way out. you can’t see or make decisions clearly. he lures you in with something small, a light in Marlin and Dory’s case, then he brings you closer and closer until you are face to face with the  angler fish. once you are so close to the sin, or fish, you realize your life is in real danger. you realize you are in a situation that you didn’t see coming and you don’t see a way out, but there is a way out. 

and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. – 2 timothy 2:26

in the video when Marlin sees the deadly fish he says, “good feeling gone”. many of us feel this way when we realize how much trouble we are in with our own sin. when we realize how much trouble we are in we can feel trapped in our sin. we feel like we need to have one more drink, tell one more lie , say one more discouraging thing, but in all reality we are trying to fill a big void in our heart. a void too big for any earthly thing to fill.  that void can only be fulfilled with the acceptance and love of Jesus Christ. 

when we are knee deep in sin it is hard to admit we are being sinful and it is hard to run away from the sin. it is not easy, but it is possible. does philippians 4:13 ring a bell to anyone? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” probably the most recited memory verse of all time, but the words are filled with more truth than imaginable. just think about those simple words. there is NO THING that you cannot do. that is if it is God’s plan for your life.

sin is a real and dangerous thing. it consumes people and creates wounds in them. our wounds were turned to scars. they have been healed. WE have been healed by the wounds that Jesus bore on the cross for us. His wounds caused our wounds to heal, to turn to scars. it’s beautiful. one man’s pain for a whole world’s healing. THAT is the definition of true love.

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