National Blood Donor Month
January is National Blood Donor Month. This is so designated, in part, because blood is typically in short supply during the winter months. Galatians 6:10 teaches us that, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men…”. Blood donation is a selfless act, typically only taking 10-15 minutes, but one which goes a long way toward doing good unto our fellow man. In fact, according to the American Red Cross, one donation can help save the lives of up to 3 people. So please take the time to go to your nearest donation center and give the “gift of life”.
And while you are giving the gift of life, think about the One who gave His blood for you. While you are merely donating your blood, Christ sacrificed His. His blood was shed on Calvary’s cross to give eternal life to all those who come to Him. It is His blood that cleanses us from our sin. But His blood will have no effect on you if you do not come into contact with it.
So how do you come into contact with that cleansing blood so that your sins can be washed away? Paul wrote to the church in Rome”…do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?" (Romans 6:3). Christ shed His blood in His death. Therefore, when you are baptized into our Lord's death you spiritually come into contact with the blood of Christ and your sins are then washed away. When Ananias told Paul "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins,"(Acts 22:16), it was the blood of Christ that washed away Paul's sins when he was baptized.
If you have not had your sins washed away by the blood of Christ then do that today! And don't forget to donate blood. Your donation will not take away anyone’s sin but it may extend their life so that they may learn the truth of God’s Word or they may have more time to evangelize to others the Gospel of Christ.