What are we waiting for? Some Christians treat Earth like it’s a waiting room for Heaven. Too many of us are sitting around waiting for our name to be called. We take comfort in the knowledge that the Great Physician knows we are here. We think we just need to mind our own business and keep our heads down in our magazines until it’s time for our appointment. But Earth isn’t a waiting room; it’s a clinic.
We are supposed to be engaged in the care and healing of the soul sick. When all we are doing is waiting to be called home, we are taking up useful space. If God didn’t intend for us to help others, He could have just taken us straight to heaven as soon as we gave our hearts to Him. But He didn’t. So He must have work left for us to do.
Being unqualified is not an excuse. Of course we don’t know what we are doing. God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called. He gives us on-the-job training. His strength is made perfect in our weakness, in our ignorance, in our inexperience…even in our mistakes. Besides, we’re not responsible for the cure – only for the loving and unconditional care for the patient. Some will respond, and some won’t. The Doctor knows.
All we have to do is to show up ready to assist as the Great Physician prepares to do open heart surgery on a sick and hurting world. We can’t help much from the waiting room, so let’s scrub up and join Him in His work.