1 Kings 12; Philippians 3; Ezekiel 42; Psalm 94

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ…I want to know Christ and the his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain the resurrection from the deadPhilippians 3:7…10

I work in the world of cancer.  The patients who come through my doors are usually young, in the prime of their lives and have families and jobs.  Life as they have known it has come to a screeching halt.  They love life and will do what it takes to live to see children and grandchildren grow up. Usually that’s surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or some combination thereof.  Sometimes these options take folks perilously close to death yet in the process,  cancer cells die and the slow process of recovery moves forward. The majority of patients go back to routines of life, but the battle changes them deeply on almost every level.

Understanding what my patients go through and their love of life helps me make sense of Paul’s fervent desire to share in Christ’s sufferings and death. Paul was willing to do whatever it took to know and live in Christ.  He would not be satisfied with anything less.  Lord, make me like Paul, one who knows the truth and will not be satisfied with living anything less.

But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.  Philippians 3:20-21.

Kathy

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2 responses to “1 Kings 12; Philippians 3; Ezekiel 42; Psalm 94

  1. jmitch1

    Kathy, This convicted me. I too am in a situation, although it’s not my job, where I work with young cancer patients from time to time and their hope always gives me renewed hope and joy. Perhaps that’s the point. God is great!!!
    Jim

  2. Janet Wilkinson

    Walking with those who are suffering from illness – physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual – takes a willingness to bear that pain and death. Christ, the first born to resurrection, reminds me of that ultimate sacrifice and what it cost. To be honest, I sometimes stumble beneath the weight of this burden; yet even my sincere efforts or ‘good’ days of service are counted as loss when I compare what Christ gave to me. Renewed hope and joy come from the miracle of my salvation and the knowledge of what an awesome gift that was!

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