I watched blood surging into my seventeen-year-old son’s body.
This was Jared’s sixth transfusion due to gastrointestinal bleeding. His bleeding was related to Crohn’s disease—an autoimmune disorder that attacks the gastrointestinal track, has no cure, and hopefully responds to medicines which keep it in remission. While I watched, I thought of the blood’s purpose to supply essential nutrients and remove waste as it circulates through our body.
Jesus speaks symbolically when He says we need to eat His flesh and drink His blood. Because each of us is exclusively created by God with a purpose, our walk of faith is also unique. We work out our walk with the Lord day by day and, at times, moment by moment. We spiritually eat Christ’s flesh when we accept Him as our Savior and allow His cleansing power to flow through our spiritual veins. We drink His blood by studying His Word, fellowshipping with other believers, and praying.
If we don’t do these things, sin creeps in and clogs our spiritual veins. When this happens, we need a spiritual transfusion, much like my son needed a physical transfusion. This spiritual blood transfusion not only replaces the blood lost through our sin but also heals the broken and open sores that come in the form of consequences for our sin. Further, it restores our broken fellowship with the Lord.
Jared’s transfusion was due to Crohn’s. His body needed to replenish the blood loss caused by his disease just as we need help replenishing our spiritual blood bank when it runs low. Only when our bank is full can we function and complete the work God gives us.
COVID-19 brought difficult times, including stay-at-home orders, but one person we never have to isolate from is Christ. Hold tight to Him and, when needed, let Him give you a spiritual transfusion.
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