“Then the Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land…’.” Exodus 3:7,8 (ESV)
In his groundbreaking book Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby uses the example of the call of Moses to illustrate the concept that God is always at work around us and calls us to join that work.
This is very different than the common mistake we make when we have a great idea for ministry and ask God to come along side of us and bless our work.
It is a matter of perspective. Are we seeking to join God in what He is doing, or are we trying to get Him to bless what we are doing?
Quite often… it is the latter.
This whole concept is particularly important for us as healthcare professionals. We have the enormous privilege of daily encountering God’s ministry projects in the course of our practice. God is working in the lives of every patient we see.
If that patient has not yet come to true faith, God is in the process of drawing them to Him. He may call us to participate in that process in some small way during our encounter, either through our words, our manner, or our actions. We can reflect the love of Christ without ever speaking directly about Christ. There may also be occasional instances when the Lord calls us to gently but directly raise the issue of faith. Often this occurs as a natural response to a struggle that the patient is going through.
The Lord may also call us to join His work in a patient who is a believer. They may be stuck in their walk with Him, or struggling with some particular sin issue.
Perspective is everything.
Try looking at your day today as a series of encounters with God’s ministry projects. Then ask Him to show you how you can join Him in His work, remaining open to His leading.
Prayer: Lord help me maintain the perspective that You are already working in the lives of those I will encounter today. Show me how I can participate in Your work in their lives.