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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Doctor/Nurse (11/02/06)

TITLE: The High Calling
By Carol Adams
11/05/06


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Doctors and nurses respond immediately to small and large medical problems and their expertise comes from years and years of training and learning. However, we as Christians have been, at times, on a trauma team, in the ER, doing surgery, mending wounds, and we have often nursed someone back to health when they have been beat up and lie perilously on the brink. We must not deny the facts – we have a very high calling to help others rebuild and repair their lives.

Jesus said that it is not the healthy that need a physician, but those who are sick, and he stated He did not come to call the righteous but the sinners (Mark 2:17). We all were drenched in sin from head to toe. Yet, that never stopped Him from caring and ministering to us. His healing started from the inside out. The great Physician performed surgery that cut away the sin, making us alive to God. We are now free - no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness. Our prescription, antidote, and remedy is Jesus
Christ!

The Good Samaritan is a great example of this higher calling. He gave of himself even when the moral majority was against him. His integrity, his oath, and his compassion did not stop him from reaching out and reaching down to help the man who lay wounded and bruised. The very men who should have helped him, turned aside. He was a man of another creed and culture who had deep compassion. He responded and cared for him physically, medically, and economically.

We may not hold a medical degree, but our degree comes from Jesus Christ who enables us through His Spirit because He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Luke 4:18). His credentials provided the tools to help, under gird, lift up, minister, doctor, and to nurse those who are wounded and bruised in many ways.

…that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts. And such
confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:3-6).

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).


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Jan Ackerson 11/10/06
A fitting devotional--thanks for thinking this out and sharing it with us.