Saturday, August 11, 2012

Serving: God’s Highest Calling

“But Jesus called them [His disciples] to Himself and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many’” (Matthew 20:25-28, NASB). As I was reading this passage in scripture this morning, I was struck by the similarity of Jesus’ description of a servant to what I’ve observed nurses and certified nurse aides (CNAs) do in the hospital. They feed patients, give them their medications, make them comfortable in bed, help them walk to the restroom, clean their wounds, and sundry other tasks. How privileged then should we feel to be studying to be nurses? The Lord has given us a high calling—the calling to be a servant of people whom He loves. Each person is special to God. Each person has a story, a life they’ve lived, and unique life circumstances. When we’re in the hospital, let’s all try to remember that our to-do list is important to God. We are being the hands and feet of Christ as we serve our patients. Remember that “’…whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward’” (Matthew 10:42, NASB).

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