1.02.M The opportunity that being a health care student provides #1

Thinking about life as a student in healthcare

Being a healthcare student can be a harrowing experience. Studying healthcare is often all consuming, and issues expectations from peers, families, pastors; and demands from teachers, patients, and (perhaps most onerous of them all) demands from ourselves.

What does God have to say?

Read Hebrews 10:23-25

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews is a letter written to Christians who come from a Jewish background, encouraging them to persevere in following Jesus Christ despite being persecuted (or perceiving a threat of persecution). The writer of Hebrews does this by reminding his readers of Jesus identity. Jesus is the exact representation of God, Sustainer of all things (which He does by His powerful word), and He whose death provides purification for sins (Hebrews 1:3). In Hebrews 10:23-25, the writer indicates that since Jesus atoning substitutionary death for our sin gives us a restored relationship with God (Hebrews 10:19-22), it is fitting for us to:
- Hold on to the certain hope of the resurrection and eternity in God’s acceptance (verse 23);
- Encourage other Christians to love and to do good deeds (v24); and
- Continue to meet together (v25).

  • Why does the fact that Jesus is faithful provide rationale for Christians to hold on to the hope that one has as a Christian? 
  • Are there any pressures on you as a healthcare student that inhibit your capacity to view Christ as faithful or to hold on to your eternal hope

Putting it into practice

  • An understandable response to the directive given in Hebrews 10:25, to continue to meet together, could be, ‘But I already have good accountable fellowship at my local church and I’m involved in other ministry activity.’ Can you give any rationale as to why giving up precious time to continue gathering together with Christians in your specific profession can be valuable? (See Comprehensive Study for suggested rationale).
  • Identify 3 ways that you can spur other Christians on:
    • To continue to hold on to the hope they have; and
    • Towards love and good deeds (in honour of God).

Consider people you know in your course or in your future profession who have fallen away from an active relationship with God. How can you pray for these people? Spend some time together praying for them now.

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