Baptized into one Body

Body of Christ“For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” 1 Cor. 12:13 (ESV)

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As we continue our exploration of the indwelling Holy Spirit, today’s verse reminds us that it is the Holy Spirit that unites all followers of Jesus into one body.

The Holy Spirit baptizes us into that body.

Every follower of Jesus is united with every other follower of Jesus through the indwelling Holy Spirit. It doesn’t matter what our background is…or our profession…or our socioeconomic status.

The Holy Spirit is the Great Equalizer.

But as Christian physicians, we may easily lose that perspective. We live and work in a world that often elevates our status above other professions.

We are in grave danger of believing that lie.

It all comes down to a matter of identity.

As I’ve written before in this blog, we can be physicians who happen to be Christians, or we can first and foremost be Christians who happen to be physicians.

There is a vast difference between the two and it is the source of our identity that separates them.

Do we derive our identity from our earthly profession of medicine…or do we derive it from our membership in the body of Christ?

It will make a difference in how we practice medicine.

A physician whose source of identity is their earthly profession will be driven in that profession. They will protect their status within the profession. They will be threatened whenever something or someone threatens their role as a physician. They are more likely to treat a patient differently if that patient can enhance their professional identity. They may treat patients of higher socio-economic status differently than patients lacking that status.

A physician who draws their identity from their membership in the body of Christ is more concerned about pleasing the Lord than bolstering their earthly profession.

They will be more likely to treat all patients the same…regardless of social or economic status.

They will practice medicine out of love for their Lord…not out of personal need to support their identity.

Do you see yourself first as an equal member of the Body of Christ…or as a professional?

Prayer: Lord, show me where I derive my identity and help me move it to You!

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