Physically, I am very susceptible to the sun’s rays and blister very badly. As a youngster we did not know about sun blocks or what the sun might do to the skin in causing cancer, etc. Many of us are paying the price for that lack of knowledge and the sun block that was needed. I remember the time when, after a particularly good day in the sun, I came home suffering a sunburn that literally caused blisters an inch high to appear on my shoulders. With no air conditioning at that time, I took the relief of a pallet in front of the screen door where the night’s cooling breeze could ease my pain.
Physically, we’re told we need sun block to keep out the harmful rays of the sun, particularly if we have skin tones that are lighter and more susceptible. I heartily concur and recommend it.
As I weighed the effects of sun block to act as a defense against burns that can be quite serious, I began to think of another kind of blocking that commonly takes place against another kind of SON! The more I thought about the analogy, the more it seem to have some applications that would be worthwhile considering.
Stay with me on this. I want to make the transition from the “sun block” which is needed to keep us healthy in body, to the “Son block” which we need to avoid to assure our spiritual health.
How shall I describe the benefits of not using “Son block?” Consider first the “sun block.” In the case of the “sun’s” influence upon us physically, we want to keep those powerful rays from causing their deep burning of the skin. To avoid this, we put the sun block on all exposed areas and it forms a protective shield. The greater the SPF the less dangerous UVA rays will penetrate the barrier to damage the skin. We are told that even when the sun is somewhat hidden on a semi-cloudy day, such rays are still present, so some kind of “screen” is recommended.
Now, what about “Son block?” The affect of God’s Son shining on and into our lives might be said to have the same results, minus the damaging burn and other possible negative ramifications. When the Son of God is allowed to shine on and deeply in your life, there may be the heat of a passion for Him that grows in the relationship, but there will be no burning, ever. No damage, in fact, for His Rays make for permanent spiritual health.
Sun block products often have guarantees that they make. The guarantee for NOT USING SON block, and allowing the Son to shine His truth deep within is the promise of life everlasting.
Now follow a bit of analogy as I pursue the levels of sun block that I use:
SUN BLOCK 15 – I USE TO MOISTURIZE AND HAVE TAD OF PROTECTION –
Application: SOME USE A SPIRITUAL SON BLOCK 15 TO GET JUST ENOUGH OF A DOSE TO KEEP THEM RELATED BUT NOT TOO DEEP. You know, use a little of the church language but keep involvement at a long-arm’s length.
I MAY USE A STRONGER SUN BLOCK #50 TO COVER ON A MILDLY CLOUDY DAY. IT’S STILL SUN BLOCK BUT JUST ENOUGH TO STILL CATCH A FEW RAYS-
Application: THEY USE THE SON BLOCK 50 OF JUST GOING TO CHURCH OCCASIONLY. Attend just enough not to be considered a backslider.
USE THE SON BLOCK OF PRAYING JUST ENOUGH TO GET BY. After all, God understands I have a lot of other things to get done.
USE THE SON BLOCK OF READING AND STUDYING THE BIBLE JUST A LITTLE TO KEEP A LITTLE RELIGION BUT NOT GO OVERBOARD. There are too many fanatics that cause more problems than good.
USE THE SON BLOCK OF JUST ENOUGH GOOD WORKS TO BE CONSIDERED GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD TO ACCEPT. Nobody’s perfect. It’s like using the “toning blocks” to make you look like you’ve had a complete “Son-job” but it’s only “skin” deep. Some use spiritual “tanning-beds,” but these, too, are not equipped to provide the real Son-shine.
USE THE SON BLOCK OF EXCUSES TO KEEP FROM TOO MUCH SPIRITUAL RESPONSIBILITY. I CAN’T TEACH, OR SING, OR PREACH. I’M NOT GOOD WITH PEOPLE. Well, I honestly can’t.
THE BIG SUNBLOCK FOR ME IS LIKE #70. THIS IS TO KEEP ANY RAYS FROM GETTING ON ME ANYWHERE.
USE THE SON BLOCK #70 THAT SAYS DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT CHURCH – My religion is a private matter and I can worship anywhere.
ONE SON BLOCKER I HEARD SAID THAT HE DID NOT TAKE HIS CHILD TO CHURCH BECAUSE HE DID NOT WANT TO INFLUENCE THE CHILD’S FREEDOM TO CHOOSE GOD OR NOT. This is putting the Son block #55 on the child, but leaving the world’s influence “unblocked” and free to influence. The child’s freedom of choice will be seriously jeopardized.
USE THE HEAVY SON BLOCK OF UNBELIEF. This will insure that no divine rays will shine upon and bring life to the one who has blocked the Son of God.
AND OH, IT’S INTERESTING TO NOTE! WHEN I’VE USED THE SUN BLOCK I’VE NOTICED THAT I STILL FEEL THE DISCOMFORT – MY SUN BLOCK GETS IN MY EYES AND BURNS.
Application: FOR ALL THE BENEFITS OF SON BLOCK FOR THE ONE WHO DOESN’T WANT TO HAVE CHRIST VERY DEEPLY UNDER HIS SPIRITUAL SKIN, HE CAN STILL FEEL THE HEAT OF CONVICTION AND NO AMOUNT OF SON BLOCK CAN KEEP YOU FROM GETTING A REALLY BAD BURN AFTER IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE!
ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEN THE SON OF GOD IS ALLOWED TO SHINE DEEPLY IN YOUR LIFE, THERE MAY BE THE HEAT OF PASSION IN THE RELATIONSHIP, BUT THERE WILL BE NO FOREVER BURNING, EVER. THAT’S PART OF THE PRODUCT GUARANTEE.
IT’S IN THE PACKAGE INSTRUCTIONS. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Be encouraged today! Use the Sun Block but don’t block the SON!