Everyone who has ever owned a house knows that taking care of it is a constant job. Everyday either the roof needs patching or there is cleaning and painting to be done. When you think you have everything under control and can sit down to rest, then you will find a faucet leaking or a light switch is broken. The fact is, in the natural order of life all created things will deteriorate. Everything of value requires a high level of maintenance.
This is also true of the human body. If we want to enjoy good health, we must be diligent to maintain our bodies. This requires us to exercise regularly and to be careful with our diet. As we get older, maintaining our health will probably require medication. So on a weekly basis we will fill our pillboxes and set alarms to remind us to take these pills. This is because in the natural order of life all created things will deteriorate. And even our bodies require a high level of maintenance.
All of this is true because of Adam. When he sinned in the Garden of Eden he unleashed the second law of thermodynamics upon the world. This law states, that when left alone everything will collapse, breakdown, or wear out.
When God created this world it was perfect and incorruptible. The first man Adam, chose to rebel against God and sin entered into the world. The curse of sin brought death and destruction. Therefore, we have to work hard to maintain houses and machines and our bodies or they will deteriorate.
But don’t be discouraged. Because of what Jesus did on the cross we can overcome death and destruction. Yes everything on this earth is temporary and one day it will all rot, rust or burn. However let’s not focus on that which is temporary, focus instead on that which is eternal. In Heaven there is no corruption and there is no death or destruction. There will be no medicine in Heaven because God has promised that if we believe in Him we will not perish but we will have eternal life. Jesus has prepared for us in Heaven an eternal home. A house from God that is not made with hands. A home that will never not need maintenance.
Douglas & Deborah Huff
From Down Where The Pavement Ends