Burning off a cookie

This morning I went to the YMCA and exercised for an hour.  I will probably be unable to get out of bed tomorrow.  I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical machine, at a pretty good pace, and the machine said I burned 203 calories.  That’s about one gourmet chocolate chip cookie.  There are six cookies on our counter at home.  If I stayed on the treadmill for 1 hour a day for three days, I could eat those six cookies and their calories against me would be cancelled out.  It would also take one hour on the treadmill to equal the calories from a medium sized order of McDonald’s french fries!  It is no wonder it is so easy to gain weight and so hard to lose weight.

If we could think of our sin against God in this way, it would make it much easier to understand the need for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.  A perfect and holy God says if you commit one small sin against Him, you could spend your entire lifetime doing good and it would not be enough to cancel out the charges against you and the penalty that is due from you.

The cost of sin against a perfect and holy God can only be paid by God Himself!  And He paid that price through the life and death of Jesus on the cross.  And He allows us, by His grace through our faith, to get credit for the payment.  So that our sin can be cancelled out.

Eating and exercise is something we can only do on our own. Nobody else can eat for us and unfortunately, nobody else can exercise for us.  Being made right with God is something that we can not do on our own, but something only God can do for us.  Both are realities we can not change.

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“Here you are in the land of the living with an opportunity to attain salvation. What would those poor people in hell right now give to have one more day such as you have today. You have an extraordinary opportunity, where Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open calling to you to come through.” ~ Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.

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One Response to Burning off a cookie

  1. rmumc says:

    Great analogy. Suddenly, though, I’ve lost my desire for cookies 😊. Have a blessed day.

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