Sacrificial Living

jesus-prayer“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”                Rom. 12:1 (NIV)

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Let’s be honest…we live in a world in which offering our bodies as a living sacrifice doesn’t make sense. In fact, the world tells us just the opposite.

The world tells us we deserve…

Even the medical world is infused with the underlying themes of profit, billing, and reimbursement codes. How does offering my body as a living sacrifice fit in with all of that?

The answer lies with attitude, which eventually works its way out into action.

We can approach our practice of medicine with an attitude of what we deserve…or we can approach it with an attitude of what we can give.

We can’t hold both attitudes at the same time.

Paul is telling us as Christian physicians that we should cultivate the attitude to give of ourselves in our practice of medicine. Our focus should be what the patient needs…not what we deserve.

It’s not difficult…yet it’s life altering!

And it is key to living the integrated life.

The integrated life places Jesus at the center. We place Him in control of our entire life.

And He is not a God who controls without also providing for our needs. We learn to trust that He will give us what we need…not what we think we deserve. Therefore we no longer have to worry about our needs…and that frees us up to

focus on the needs of those around us…especially our patients.

Paul goes on to say that this attitude of serving others is holy and pleasing to God.

It is holy because it is like God.

Jesus sacrificed Himself for us.

When we sacrifice ourselves for others…we are acting like Jesus.

And this pleases God.

In fact, it so pleases Him that He considers sacrificial service as a form of worship.

Did you ever think that you are worshipping God as you serve your patients?

That’s what Paul tells us.

Not only is it worship, it is true and proper worship.

And it doesn’t get better than that…

Prayer: Lord help me to trust You enough to offer myself as a living sacrifice to others.

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