The gospel in practice!
by Norbert Restrepo
When Christ was here on earth, He exemplified what true ministry is all about. His work consisted of both healing physical and spiritual disease. He also entrusted His disciples with this same mission. “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” Mathew 10:1.
A practical godliness is manifested through unselfish service. It is evidence of the gospel’s transforming power. Medical ministry has the power to break down prejudice and open hearts to the spiritual principles of the gospel. “And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10.
Today we are seeing an increasing emphasis on the role and importance of medical ministry within our church. At Hartland College, all the students learn medical missionary skills, whatever their major may be. What a blessing and honor to be able to fulfill this role! With humility in our hearts we are to work together in this vast field of service, laying pride aside and not esteeming ourselves better than others.
We are told that “every person should have a knowledge of nature’s remedial agencies and how to apply them. It is essential both to understand the principles involved in the treatment of the sick and to have a practical training that will enable one rightly to use this knowledge.”1 “Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in divine power—these are the true remedies.”2
The practice of a healthy lifestyle and an intelligent knowledge of these principles enable us to lead others in a loving way to see the importance of right habits of living.
“Every city is to be entered by workers trained to do medical missionary work. As the right hand of the third angel’s message, God’s methods of treating disease will open doors for the entrance of present truth.”3 It is our duty and privilege to accept this call today!
1 White, Ellen G., The Ministry of Healing, p. 127
3 White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, p. 59