1.01.M Dangers of being a healthcare student: drifting and entanglement
Thinking about life as a student in healthcare
- Do you think the following provides any dangers to you continuing as a committed follower of Jesus? Can you label any of these dangers?
- Your current status as a health care student;
- Your future as a healthcare professional.
What does God have to say?
Read Hebrews 2:1-4 (ESV)
1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
Read Hebrews 12:1-3 (ESV)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
The letter to the Hebrews was written in AD 60-70, to encourage Christians in a time of trial. It does so by focussing on the absolute supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ. While God spoke in the past through the prophets at many times and in many ways, he has now spoken to us by His Son who is the exact imprint of His nature and who upholds the universe by his words (Hebrews 1:1-3).
Hebrews 2:1-4 urges the readers of this letter (including us) to pay much closer attention to the truth of the Scriptures and especially to the truth regarding the salvation Jesus offers – lest we drift away from the Truth of the Scriptures and neglect such a great salvation.
In Hebrews 11 a comprehensive list of examples of faithful followers of God is presented...from Abel to Abraham to David. It is with these examples of faithfulness in view that we are therefore urged to (Hebrews 12:1):
- Throw off everything that hinders;
- Lay down every sin which entangles us; and
- Run the race that is before us.
- How could looking to Jesus and his power and sacrifice enable you to endure opposition and finish the race of life as a committed follower of Jesus Christ?
- Power (The power that upholds Him being the founder and perfecter of your faith – Hebrews 12:2); and
- Sacrifice (He endured the cross; it’s pain and deep shame – Hebrews 12:2)
Putting it into practice
- Can you identify any of the following amongst your classmates and/or your future profession, which tempt you to be complacent about your trust (faith) in Jesus, or tempt you to consider your faith as a trivial personal preference? Consider (a)–(d) on an individual basis.
- Social norms.
- How could understanding God’s ‘Great Salvation’ in Jesus Christ help you to continue to run the race of faith – the race of trusting God for your earthly and eternal security and satisfaction – as you face challenges to your faith as a healthcare student?