I have diabetes –and it stinks.

In case you don’t know, diabetes is a disease that causes the pancreas to quit making insulin. Insulin is vital for processing sugar into energy. Without insulin, blood sugar levels cannot be regulated.

Since I’m not a physician, I won’t pretend to explain the chain reaction that follows. Just know that without medical intervention, diabetes can lead to blindness, amputated limbs and other painful issues.

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In order to regulate blood sugar, I have to give myself insulin shots every time I eat.

So you can imagine my excitement when I read an article about efforts to develop an artificial pancreas. In fact, I was so excited that I called a friend to tell them about it. I said, “I want to be the first artificial pancreas recipient.” My friend replied, “Don’t you mean you want to be the first successful artificial pancreas recipient?”

He had a point.

It reminds me of times that I’ve said, “I want to be an example to others.” What I should have said is “I want to be a Christ-like example to others.”

Without Christ, my example is not worth following. In fact, without Christ, my example would be fatal for several reasons:

1)   Without Christ, I am an object of God’s wrath –a sinner bound for hell (Ephesians 2:1).

2)   Without Christ, all of my best deeds fall short (Isaiah 64:6).

3)   Without Christ, I cannot be pleasing to God (Hebrews 11:6).

4)   Without Christ, I would have no joy (Luke 2:10).

5)   Without Christ, my life has no purpose or meaning (I Cor. 15:12-19)

I am totally dependent upon Christ. Without Him, a faulty pancreas is the least of my problems.