Love

I know I promised in my last post that I would post a complete road map of my time in college, but that is taking a long time put together, so I wanted to post something else for everyone to contemplate. As you know, I’ll be leaving for Zimbabwe on a humanitarian/evangelistic mission on Wednesday with NAPS. When NAPS goes on a mission trip our goal is to truly live with those we are ministering to. So if they don’t have running showers, then we don’t have running showers; if they eat beans and shima (ground up corn husk which is usually used as a filler), then we eat beans and shima. Now I know that inherently, I was not born to do this kind of work, and I am often asked why I decide to go on missions like this. The answer is: Because of God’s love for me and for them. If it wasn’t for love, NAPS would have been washed up years ago, and we certainly would have not touched any lives; but when its God’s love that compels you, amazing things happen. Over the years, I’ve grown to know more about God’s love, and I just wanted to share what I’ve learned with you:

Jeremiah 31:3- “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.'”

Can you truly fathom this kind of love that God has for you? He loves you with a never ending love; a love that does not love according to your actions, whether they be good or bad. The Bible never says that this love is conditional on what we do…its just everlasting. And many times Satan tries to convince you that you’ve jacked up one too many times, and that God can’t love you anymore…that He can’t possibly take you back; but what does the Bible say? It says that God’s love is everlasting! And even more, its His love that actually draws you closer to him. You think that you are making some great decision by loving God, but its his love that actually makes you want to come closer to him

1 John 4:7-12- “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

There is so much to talk about in the passage above, but I’ll only comment on small parts. God is love, so when God loves us, its not something that goes away when He gets mad at us; He IS inherently love, and when He loves us, He is just being himself. So this is why we fly thousands of miles across the earth to minister to others; because God loved us, and He would have done the same thing for us, so we therefore love others. Humanitarian work without love is useless. There are so many people dying across the earth from hunger, disease, etc. If you fly to Boliva or to Africa, or to Asia to feed the hungry and to heal the sick that is commendable; but when you leave they will be hungry again, and when you leave disease will return. So what can you leave with them that will never go away? The love of God; no one has seen God, but many can see God through others, as they lovingly give all of themselves to help others. There is way more to talk about in this passage but I encourage you to read it again, and ask the Lord what he is trying to teach you.

1 John 3:1- “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”

I encourage you to read Isiah 40 and Job 26:7-14 to truly get a picture of the kind of God we serve. And this same awesomely powerful God considers us to be his own children…His sons and daughters. So if we are his children, and he is a king, then what does that make us? It makes us royalty; each and everyone one of us is royalty. So if you’ve been depressed about your current status or position; if you have questioned your inherent worth and whether anybody actually cares about you, you need to remember that you just aren’t anybody…you are royalty, and God loves you more than your mind can even fathom.

Romans 5:6-8- “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Did Christ wait until we were perfect and without sin to die for us? NO. Then what in the world makes you think that what you’ve done in your life is too evil or too bad for Jesus to take you back? Christ didn’t wait until we were sinless to die for us; He died for us already knowing that many of us would never accept the free gift of eternal life that he has made available. Once again, Satan truly tries to discourage you into thinking that you’ve sinned entirely too much and that since you are so bad, you might as well continue to sin because you are too far gone. But this isn’t what the Bible teaches, so you need not ever think this.

Romans 8:38,39- “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present not the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I may be beating this to death, but I just want to make is so clear that you will always have a special place in God’s heart. Nothing you can do can change that. Even a mother’s love can waiver for her children, but God’s love has never and will never waiver, regardless of your actions. So does this mean that you can just go willy nilly and continue to sin all you want? Of course not; in John 14:15 it says, “If you love me, then keep my commandments”. So although God knows that we may fall away at times, He still expects for us to keep his commandments (Exodus 20).

So what compels me to sacrifice so much to help others in Zimbabwe or in the local projects down the street? Its God’s love. He loves me so much that I can’t help but to do what he asked in Matthew 28:19,20. If you truly love God, you can’t help but to do the same (I don’t mean go to Africa, but I mean generally helping others and sharing his love with others). In John 13:35 it says, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love on another.”

Trust me everyone, I in no way view myself as righteous. I probably have more problems than anyone on SDN, but the thought that someone is dying in Zimbabwe without any knowledge of the great love that God has for us is unsettling, and it spurs me on to continue to work for him now and become a medical missionary one day. Ok, so this will be my last blog entry until I come back from the Zimbabwe mission trip. I pray that you truly find out for yourself about the depth of God’s love for you.

7 Responses to Love

  1. Tolu says:

    hey jay,
    That was totally inspirational..God’s love.
    Well just wishing u a safe trip and an awesome time in Zimbabwe. May God’s love continually dwell in u.
    My love to all that you will love in Africa.
    Expecting to hear from u when u get back.

  2. mitch says:

    I just found your blog and I have to say it’s one of the better premed blogs out there, simply for the reason that you give personal experiences instead of the normal generalizations that clutter most blogs. For instance, your conversation with Dr. Kenneth Davis back in 2004. It was nice to read what he actually said instead of simply a brief summary like most people would write. That’s what makes your blog so good.

    Anyway, I have your site bookmarked and plan to read the entire thing over the next few weeks. Keep writing!

  3. Poonam says:

    Hey!
    I am from Zimbabwe and you are trully make me happy that there are people out there that care about Zimbabwe when it seems like the whole world now turns its back. I wish you all the best, you will love all the zimababweans

  4. Pre-med student says:

    Hi,

    Dr. Jay,
    God’s love is everlasting. He loves us so much that we receive love from so many people around us. And I am so very proud of you for bringing love with you to Zimbawe.

    May God bless you a safe journey to Africa.
    Peace be with you.

    Alice

  5. Nate says:

    Hey,
    I was looking up blogs at Student Doctor.net. And I checked the medicine blogs, and somehow you were the only one. When I saw the words missionary and surgery together, I almost peed my pants.
    I am so excited that I ran into you. We share a common goal and passion — exhibiting God’s love to other people in other countries through surgery.
    I’m going to devour your blog (and you can devour mine :P). You are an awesome person just because of what you do.
    I hope you have a great time in Zimbabwe! My dad was able to visit Zambia through our church a few years ago and I am very jealous that I haven’t been out of the country yet.
    Keep up the awesome work, man. You can do anything with Christ on your side. If Christ be for us, who can be against us?
    Love to you. God bless
    – Nate

  6. Jessica says:

    It sounds to me like God is and will do great things with your life! I was very excited to find you blog as I share a similar passion for missions through medicine. I look forward to hearing about your future adventures!

    God Bless and best wishes for your wedding,
    Jessica

  7. DoctaJay says:

    Thank you everyone for your extremely kind comments. Its comments like these that encourage me to continue blogging. For those that have SDN Blogs, I will also read your blogs. Take care!

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