What is in the center of our lives determines our worldview or how we
view the world. It influences what we perceive and how we react to this
perspective. It determines the ways in which we act and react to the external
world. In all of us, as we develop from a newborn baby, we have been slowly developing
our own self as the center of our lives. Our id, ego and superego becomes the
framework in which we perceive our world and create our own reality. When we
become doctors, we are centered in a Cartesian humanistic worldview. As a
Christian, we have the additional dimension of being Christ-centered. Being
Christ-centered allows us to perceive the world through His eyes. He allows us
to perceive reality as it really is. This reality is more than just Cartesian
humanistic. I love these Nathan Hale's paintings in his Medical Collection
Paul, writing to Timothy highlighted that the
time have arrived about 2000 years ago when we are enabled by the incarnate
Christ. Christ allows us into the true reality by providing us access to God.
Not only have Christ enabled our access to God, He came Himself
to dwell within us, hence enabling us to be Christ-centered.
How to be a Christ Centered Doctor
Called to a holy life
Called to a holy purpose
Called to be testimony to the gospel
Paul’s emphasis here is on a holy body and a transformed
mind. We are called to be living sacrifices who are free of blemishes and
defects. We should be holy as He is holy. So we should work hard to study the
Word, saturate ourselves with prayer, seek to live in His presence and making
Godly choices in our ordinary everyday life. A holy body and transformed mind
are the foundation of a Christ-centered doctor.
Our primary calling (vocation) is to love God. This is a
call to accept Him as our Lord and Master. Our secondary calling is to serve
Him with the opportunities given to us. We are privileged to be doctors.
Doctors have a special place in society because we have the opportunity to meet
both our patients’ physical and spiritual needs. We need to use the teaching
environment to learn to be equipped to function as excellent doctors. We also
need to be trained to be priests. One of the tenets of the Reformation is the
priesthood of all believers. We are ideally situated to fulfill this role.
As doctors, we are missionaries and curiously, the Ministry
of Health is our sending agency. In government service, we are often posted to
various parts of the country. Wherever we are sent, that is our mission field.
Our hospitals and health centers are our mission compounds. As professionals,
we may not be allowed to verbally share our faith. We share by our lives, as
living testimonies of our Hope. That may be more powerful than many of our
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