Whether you have experienced them personally, seen them in the movies, or studied them in school, most people are familiar with leeches: those blood-sucking worms that seem to make their way into every jungle river movie ever made. There are many different kinds of leeches, but their general nature is the same: they survive by sucking the blood out of their hosts. I know, for most people it is gross and starts giving some the willies just thinking about it.
Have you ever thought about the fact that sin is very much like a leech? It lives through making you bleed both physically and spiritually. Sin will bleed your health, your financial resources, your influence, it will bleed away your friends and family, but most important of all, it will kill your relationship with God.
However, there are some ways in which leeches and sin are quite different. You see, the leech will suck on its prey until it is full, then it will detach itself and leave. Sin does not work that way. It will not voluntarily disappear or just walk out of your life, it has to be forced to leave. Sin will hang on as long as you will allow, until you forcibly remove it and cast it from you.
Once a leech has been removed the wound needs to be cleansed in order to heal. Likewise, once sin has been removed (through repentance – 2 Corinthians 7:10), the wound that has been left behind to the soul must be cleansed. This can only be done with one salve: the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7) received through obedience (Hebrews 5:9).
Have you checked yourself for leeches lately?
Three young ladies were asked to bring in their most prized possessions. The first brought in a box filled with dolls. “My daddy used to get me a new one whenever he went someplace new,” she explained. “Every time I got one it reminded me of how much he loves me.”
The second brought in a bag containing a number of dresses. “My mother made each of these with her own two hands,” she said, “with every stitch I saw how much my mother loved and cared about me.”
The last brought in a small sack, out of it she pulled a Bible. “My Father gave this to me with great care,” she stated. “He showed me his love and devotion on every page and every day I open it and am reminded of his love, looking forward to the time when I can be with him forever.”
The beauty of the pages of Scripture is unmatched by anything this world has to offer. As much as we value the prized possessions from those we love, we must be focused even more on laying up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). The Psalmist wrote, “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:10-11).
What is your most prized possession?