Today’s most popular topic of conversation revolves around the question, Have you had your Covid vaccination?
I’m not going to meddle in anyone’s personal decision, whether it’s a Sign me up, gotta have it or a No thanks, I’ll pass response. Much debate bats back and forth and will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Instead, I want to inquire about your spiritual vaccination.
A Spiritual Vaccination?
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: (Psalm 103: 2 NKJV)
As Christians, let’s remind ourselves of the wonderful “vaccination” of benefits we receive from the Lord, beginning at salvation. Here’s one list from Psalm 103. It is the Lord Jesus…
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.Psalm 103:3-5 NKJV
His shed blood erases our sins and heals us from sickness and disease (v.3).
The wonderful feeling of freedom from all guilt and shame is only available at the foot of the cross through the blood of the Lamb. God casts our sins into the Sea of Forgetfulness and never fishes for them again. Also, the blood Jesus shed at the whipping post heals us from sickness and disease. Our spirits mature in His blessed sanctification, and the Lord clothes us in His robes of righteousness.
As our Redeemer, He mends the breaches in the walls of our souls and pulls us out of destruction (v.4a)
This last year has inundated us with varied breaches of one kind or another. We may have experienced overwhelming physical, mental, financial, or emotional hardships that have punched like a fist out of the blue. Regardless of the destruction we may have suffered, Jesus is our wall mender. He builds back the places that have holes to make us complete in Him. We can place whatever needs repair at the foot of the cross and rest assured that the carpenter from Nazareth will mend the breaches in our lives.
He blesses us with His tender love, overflowing with kindness and mercy (v.4b).
The Bible warns that in the Last Days, men’s love will grow cold. Witnessing riots, shootings, and lawlessness strips souls of innocence and hardens hearts. The remedy? Spending time with Jesus in prayer and reading God’s Word. He restores our damaged hearts with His tender love, kindness, and mercy, which we then freely give away to others. As David writes in Psalm 23, He restores my soul (v.3) and Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (v. 6).
He blesses us with good food for a healthy life and slows down our aging process (v.5).
Choosing whole organic foods is our ticket to good health and long life. The expression, You are what you eat, is full of wisdom. God has provided us with all good things which we can fully enjoy for our physical and spiritual health: O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! (Psalm 34:8).
A spiritual vaccine passport?
Along with the vaccine debate is the idea of the vaccine passport, which would divide everyone into one of two camps: either freedom to move about normally or imprisonment. How does the idea of a “vaccine passport” apply to us spiritually?
Did you know that believers have marks in the spirit?
The born-again Christian has a passport of freedom that God bestows on each one at the point of salvation. Let’s look at Scripture in Leviticus 8:22 where sacrificial blood was applied to the right ear lobe, the right thumb, and the right big toe. Blood on the ear symbolizes the mind of Christ to think pure thoughts; the thumb symbolizes our hands to do the work of the Lord, and the toe represents our commitment as the Lord’s servants to follow where He leads.
Another important benefit is our “passport” into heaven.
At salvation, all believers’ names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Revelation 21: 27 describes the New Jerusalem as follows: …And nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (NASB). Consequently, at the judgment of sinners (called the Great White Throne Judgment), those whose names are not found written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity (Revelation 20:15).
Have you had your spiritual vaccination yet?
Debate may rage over the Covid vaccine, but not over God’s spiritual vaccine. Its safety and benefits cancel all debate. If you’ve never accepted Jesus as Savior, today is the day to receive salvation and rejoice as the angels write your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life. This spiritual vaccination cleanses us of sin, transforms us into a child of God, and guarantees our entrance into heaven where all believers will live with the Lord for eternity.
Blessed be the Lord,Psalm 68:19 NKJV
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation! Selah
Thank you, Lord, for the many benefits we enjoy as believers. We praise you for spiritually vaccinating us with Your blood against sin, sickness, and disease. Thank you for our spiritual passport that marks us for blessings on earth and opens the doors of heaven to us in eternity. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Have You had Your Vaccination? by Karen Jurgens copyright 2021 All Rights Reserved