Luke 9:23-25 (NIV)
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
A few years back I read this story from a nurse that served as a missionary. A hospital visitor saw a nurse tending to the sores of a leprosy patient, and said, “I’d never do that for a million dollars!” The nurse answered, “Neither would I. But I do it for Jesus for nothing.”
I have several friends who serve as nurses. They serve in the United States, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. One thing they each have in common is that they have a heart for God and serving Him through the gifts He has given each of them.
As I chatted with one of my dear sister’s in Christ the other day who serves in Singapore she shared some lesson with me that she has learned from being a nurse in the OR.
As she came away from a training meeting here is what she learned and how it applies to us as Christians.
KNOW OUR PROCEDURES (like knowing God's Words and Principles);
ANTICIPATE WHAT THE SURGEON NEEDS (anticipate people's needs);
LOVE OUR WORK (love Jesus and obey Him).
The surgeon shared that the more BLOOD IN THE AREA OF THE INJURY MEANS MORE REPAIR IS GOING ON. This should remind us of Jesus Blood that heals us when our soul is injured.
Another is NO ROOM FOR ERROR! Even as we share God's Word- the TRUTH is the only one that sets us free- no room for error. God’s Words are the ultimate Truth.
The Surgeon then said: “Every time I take my eyes off the surgical field (any part of the body to be operated) I lose focus so you have to give me the tool I need when I stretch my hand out"
Same when we lost focus with. When we look to the Cross we will never get lost. So let’s fix our eyes on Jesus!
This is another great reminder of how we can apply our daily jobs and routine into reminders of what God has for each of us if we take the time to look.
Dear Lord, we thank You for the way You can speak to each of us. We pray that our eyes would be open to the lessons You have for each of us. We pray that our hearts would be open to serving You right where You put each one of us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.