The Christian’s inner resources

The Doctor's Life Support for 11 January

… Christ lives in me.

Galatians 2: 20

Demanding patients and other stresses of professional life can sap our vitality and threaten inner poise, but Christians do not have to cope alone. Our Lord lives within us. (John 14: 23) In John 15, Jesus compares himself to the vine with believers as branches, nourished by the flow of his life in them. Just as pruning encourages fruit formation, so the Father has to prune or purify our lives to produce in us a Christlike character. Roots need water. In Africa, I’ve seen brown and barren sunscorched land, yet in the distance a flourishing green tree. What was its secret? It was planted by a river. Jeremiah compares this to the trustful believer who stays fresh when the heat is on by being rooted in the love and power of God. (Jeremiah 17: 8) As the Spirit of God lives within us and flows through us, we become effective witnesses, with lives bearing fruit to his glory. Yet we can easily become ‘scorched by the sun’, with so many clamouring patients, bad news to give, failed therapy – and more. We desperately need to keep a quiet time each day, when we wait upon the Lord to renew our strength and find him to be the water of life. To quote Billy Graham, ‘If you are too busy to spend a little time with God each day, in personal prayer and reading his word, then you are busier than God intends you to be.’ Beware of the barrenness of a busy life! For all of us there are times of drought. Sundays on call prevent worship with other Christians. Sudden accident or illness, or breakdown in relationships, weaken us physically and emotionally. At such times, as we cast ourselves upon our God, ‘the fountain of living waters’, we prove his faithfulness to nourish our souls. The leaf stays green!

Written by Alan Vogt from the UK

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