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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

For Those Who Cannot Speak...

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy" (Proverbs 30:8-9).

Triage was the policy in World War II by which doctors color-tagged the wounded indicating the degree of medical assistance they would be given. Red tags were placed on men who appeared to be hopeless; blue tags indicated a soldier would survive only if medical attention was given immediately; and a yellow tag meant a wounded soldier would survive even without rapid treatment. A soldier named Lou was brought in for medical review and quickly tagged with a red tag, indicating the hopeless manner of his condition. "After all," the doctor said, "his legs are so badly blown apart that life would be excruciating." But a nearby nurse, noticing that Lou was still conscious, began to talk softly with him so he would not face death alone. The moments of conversation spanned to an hour. Finally, because of the relationship that had been built between the two of them, the nurse simply could not allow Lou to die. What did she do? She replaced his red tag with a blue one, making possible the medical assistance that saved his life (Jeanne Mayo).

How many times do we "tag" people without really knowing what's going on. We don't realize the people we walk past each day. The hurts they hide, the desperation they deny. SO many people are poor and needy for the loving God to do do something so real, but they "can't." They don't know how - they're overwhelmed. They need someone who will come along and speak up for them - to help them fight against the enemy - to know that they can have victory.

This is who God has called us to be - people who have surrendered their lives to follow Jesus. Jesus laid His life down for those, for us, who deserved to die. We needed someone to speak up for us. We can't ignore. We can't walk past people as though they don't exist, or as though their pain doesn't exist, or their fear, their concerns, their past. We have been called to come along side them, to speak to them, into them, and for them. We'e been called to help them to see and know the realness of the awesome love of Jesus and what He can do in their lives!

This verse calls for us to open ourselves up. We have to be open to be the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus to everyone, regardless of how they appear. And, you'll be surprised that the one who is changed the most might not be "them." It might just be YOU as you are reminded again that the love of Jesus knows NO bounds, NO depths, and NO heights!

So...who is God showing you today?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great thought