[Papercut Press] 2002-11-18 - Staying Overnight

Luke 10:30 "Jesus replied and said, 'A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jerico and he fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead.'"

This has been a tough week. Every day I have visited a friend who is in intensive care at a local hospital. It is no fun to go there and be with him. However, he is not a Christian and spending time with him, in hope, will lead him to rest in Christ. Faith in Christ for forgiveness of our sins is really where it is all at in this life. There really is nothing more significant. I can emphasize this point with a quick story about visiting my friend.

My friend is hooked up to so many tubes and such that he really is kind of robo-man. He is in the most intensive part of the intensive care unit. It has been touch and go with him for the last week. When I visited him on Tuesday I went by a room with someone in it. I met with my friend for about 10 minutes and left. As I was leaving I found out that the man two rooms down had died. It is something that has amazed me all week. I walk in, the man is alive. I can see him. Ten minutes later, as I am about to leave, he is dead. He now stands before the throne of Christ either to be condemned or washed in the blood of Christ. This is so powerful and yet we, or at least I, live as if this doesn't happen every day. But it does.

I live in a sheltered world. I don't get to see people on breathing machines that often. The first time I went and visited my friend I had to pretend to be concerned about his treatment and went to see the nurse. In truth, I could not handle what I was seeing. It hurts to see a friend in need. It makes me sad even though I know he is getting the best care around. It still hurts to see him hooked up to tubes and flat on his back. But in the world I live in I don't see this pain that often. It is eye opening to see it. We ought to be very thankful to the Lord for our health. We cannot take our health for granted and it is the Lord who grants us health.

We might cite 1 Timothy 4:8 here. It says, "For bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come." The hospital is not the only life we need to be concerned with. There is a life to come. With my friend, I am seeking to simply be his friend. He is not a Christian, but as long as breath enters his lungs and his heart beats, he is a potential Christian. So the key is to love him and seek his eternal welfare. I hate to see him hurting, but my goal line is to seek to find a way to win him to Christ and my prayer is that the Lord may use me in saving his soul. A person does not need to be in the hospital for us to long for a soul to come to Christ. We can long for that to happen with anyone the Lord brings into our lives.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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