The Lottery

lottery“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Gal. 5:13 (NIV)

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Evelyn Adams won the lottery in New Jersey…twice! Her total winnings were $5.4 million dollars. Unfortunately, that’s when her “luck” ran out. Instead of wisely investing the money, Evelyn lost the fortune gambling in Atlantic City. She is a tragic example of what happens when we choose to indulge the flesh rather than following the instructions of Paul.

All of us who live here in the United States have in essence “won the lottery” in terms of living in a place that provides the freedom to pursue our goals and dreams. There are many parts of the world where such freedom does not exist. While we may not be guilty of gambling our life away, there are subtle ways that we can misuse our time, talents and treasure.

The instruction of Paul here is to serve one another humbly in love. In spite of all the affluence in our world, we don’t have to look very far before encountering someone with a need. Paul reminds us that there is no higher calling than serving one another in love.

As physicians we typically have many different things competing for our time. Some are good things, while others appeal to our desires and self. We must be diligent to choose what is best rather than what is simply good. This requires that we regularly seek the Lord’s guidance on these decisions. Paul reminds us that opportunities to serve should take priority.

We are called to serve humbly. One of the best ways to serve humbly is to not draw attention to ourselves as we serve others. We should serve anonymously whenever possible. There is no need to spend time talking about how many people we served, or the hardships we endured in serving others. God knows this already, and He is the only One who needs to know.

Finally, we are told to serve in love. Our service should arise out of our love for Christ and our love for those in need. Serving those in need humbly and with love is winning the ultimate lottery!

Prayer:  Lord open my eyes to the suffering ones You want me to serve, and help me serve them humbly and with love. 

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