Howard had one more blog that he was working on. His issue was that he had three different stories but they were all about termites. Which story did he want to tell? He had scattered notes on all of them. In his last days, he told all three of them to me. Two were voice recorded but one was not. That one was my favorite and, on his birth date, I put it down in writing.
It’s the homeowner’s worst nightmare – Your house has termites. Those pesky insects that love to eat wood and, over time, weaken the whole structure of the house until it becomes compromised. The treatment depends on how early the problem was caught. If you caught it early, maybe spraying insecticide is enough. If you caught it a little later, maybe some wood needs to be replaced or shored up along with the spraying. Or maybe you have an advanced case of termite infestation and large portions of the house have to be replace or maybe even the entire structure is compromised and has to be torn down, the entire area treated, and then a new home can be built. I think you can see the analogy coming – a person’s worst nightmare – you have cancer. Did we catch it early? Can we treat it with chemo or some other therapy? Can it be surgically remove? Has the cancer wormed it way into the bones, eating the body up to the point that there is nothing more that can be done except comfort care until you die. We all will die of something, eventually. But unlike a house, you cannot build a replacement body. Or can you?
There is a third analogy that follows the first two. Sin is mankind’s spiritual cancer. We are all born with it. Romans 5:12“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned”. We will all die some day because of sin. Some will live their lives and there will never be any outward signs that sin is eating their insides. Some will live their lives and there will be some outward signs and others will live lives, visible for all to see, that sin has complete control of their life. But unless their sin is treated, they will all die with their sin. Romans 3:23a “For the wages of sin is death,…” But there is a cure to sin. Romans 3:23b“…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The termites in my bones have won. The termites in my soul (sin) have been conquered. Therefore, I am not afraid to die. In fact, I have a promise – my body will be made new and termite free. 1 Corinthians 15:53, “For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.” Revelation 21:5 “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”” As I die, I have this confidence. Do you?