One of the ways doctors save lives these days is with organ transplants. It is one of the miracles of modern medicine that doctors can take an organ from another person, sometimes even when they are living in the case of kidneys, put it in another person, and bring health back to that person. If you are one of the people needing a transplant, they go through a very thorough screening process. It would probably be a good idea not to show up for any of the pre-transplant work smoking a cigarette or having become intoxicated. Such actions might get you bumped off the list in favor of someone more likely to avoid the kinds of things that might have caused the need for a new organ in the first place.
I think people see God like this. They think that if they clean themselves up good enough, God will accept them and love them. When I’ve talked with people about God, I can’t tell you how many times people have responded with a general agreement with what I’ve said about their need for God, but then responded with, “as soon as I get things right in my life, I’ll get back to God.” What is easy to forget is that God came to earth to bring us into a relationship with Him not because we could clean up our acts, but because He would do that. Unlike doctors who might put someone off the transplant list because they don’t take care of themselves, God brings healing from sin because we don’t take care of ourselves. “I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners” (Isaiah 57:18)
What an amazing promise! God sees our ways, my ways, and yet He will still heal me. It doesn’t matter what I’ve done, it doesn’t matter how far I’ve run away, He will heal me. He doesn’t just heal me, though, He follows up. He guides me to live as one of His children. Think about the enormity of that truth! How many people do you know that think they are hopeless? God has seen their ways and He has promised to bring healing. How many people have given up on themselves because they have sunk so far down? We have a message of hope for each and every person: God has seen their ways and He will heal them. Not only will He heal them, He will guide them and comfort them as they go through the rest of their lives.
With so many people who don’t know about the God who brings healing, the God who forgives and grants mercy to all who turn to Him through Jesus Christ, our responsibility is set before us. We are to be ministers of reconciliation. To carry the healing theme through, we are to be the nurses who guide and prepare the way for patients to meet the doctor and help provide the follow up. Although all analogies like that one breakdown when you look at them too carefully, we are called to bring the good news of a healing, reconciling, merciful God to a world of people who think they are beyond hope. Today, share the healing message of God with those you meet. Some will already be under the care of the Great Physician. Others may not even know what they are looking for. Our call is to be faithful in sharing the good news.
Lord, it’s so easy to keep things to myself. Remind me of how You healed me. Give me compassion for others who still need Your healing.