I’m the nurse in charge of the floor, when another nurse calls me to come. And when I get there, the patient is bleeding. A lot. We keep weighing the saturated chux as we urgently call for more help. But the bleeding won’t stop no matter what we do.
We start a second IV, give medications, put on oxygen, and order blood. More nurses scramble in. The doctor arrives from half-way across town and begins his assessment as we synchronize our team. Everyone has their job and we all work fast, because time is of the essence.
She needs us. And thankfully, we’re trained.
Hours of instruction, scenarios, and what-ifs have prepared us with the knowledge to know what to do–knowledge that gives us the power to make a difference.
Not only that, but as health care providers we’re obligated–obligated by conscience and law, to assess her situation, determine her needs, advocate for her best interest, and give her the treatment necessary to save her life. Now.
And why wouldn’t we act?
Why wouldn’t we use all that’s within our power to save her?
As I’ve been memorizing Romans Chapter 1, I ponder the words of Paul as he describes His obligation to all people.
I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and to the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. Romans 1:14-15
At the time of Paul’s writing, Rome is a city of over a million people. But only several hundred Christians meet in home churches throughout the city. The Jews have been expelled from the city and the Gentile Christians remain there. And although their numbers are small, their faith has been effective with the news of their faith spreading across the entire known world–the vast Roman empire.
The Greek culture of the time is full of wisdom and philosophy, reasoning and sophistication. And anyone who’s a part of this sect of elite society is called a Greek.
But all other people groups who are not part of the elite society, are called non-Greeks, or barbarians … people considered to be foolish instead of wise.
And Paul adamantly declares he is obligated to both–to Greeks and non-Greeks, to the wise and the foolish. Obligated to all people no matter their race or sophistication.
And although we are not apostles like Paul,
As Christians we are obligated to love–to love God with all our hearts, and to love our neighbor as ourself. [Tweet that]
As Christians we are obligated…
To commune with God in a daily way,
To pray for opportunities to share,
To recognize the divine appointments God gives,
And to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us.
As followers of Christ, we’re on stand-by to give others the life-saving information they need. We have the knowledge of the gospel–the very thing that can save their lives.
And why wouldn’t the hope of all we experience with Christ, compel us to share with anyone who doesn’t know?
I’m thankful to say, we saved her life that day in labor and delivery. Even though she lost two-thirds of her body’s blood supply, had a hysterectomy, and spent three days in the intensive care unit, our treatment, with the blessing of a good and gracious God, saved her.
And when you’re obligated to someone, isn’t that what you do?
Give all you know to help them be saved?
May it be so, is my prayer.
How do you live out loving God with all your heart?
What does it mean to you to love your neighbor as yourself?
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