Specially designed

The Doctor's Life Support for 19 December

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2: 10

A senior Christian colleague, retiring as head of a department, was finding it difficult to decide on which job opportunity he was being offered. ‘Oh well,’ he said to me, ‘Isn’t it good to be a doctor? Whatever I decide, I’ll be doing good somewhere.’ I was startled! Is working as a doctor, anywhere, necessarily doing good, in the Christian sense? The truth of the above verse is impressive. It suggests a master craftsman, creating through Christ special instruments for the special jobs he has in mind. Not just any job, certainly not just doctoring, and not just anywhere! What a privilege for all Christians to know that he has included their particular personality and skill in his great purpose! He gave us our particular genes, our spiritual gifts, our medical training, and uses the events of our lives, both good and bad, to mould us through Christ into individuals with a unique part to play in his loving plan for mankind. Medicine in itself is not good, and you do not need to be a Christian to be a competent doctor. In fact, medicine can be diabolical, destructive of you and your family. It can be an idol displacing God, a taskmaster, a mistress seducing you from your spouse. Disguised as good works, medicine can be used to demean and dehumanise the very people it is meant to serve! Yet medicine can glorify God, but only if, like any other activity or interest we are involved in, it is offered to him and done to please him – with him and for him! To quote C. S. Lewis, ‘The work of a charwoman or of a poet becomes spiritual in the same way and on the same condition.’

Written by Ted Germond from South Africa

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