“Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God’’ (Romans 15:7)
I used to work in the Health Services of an Institution of higher learning back home in Nigeria. One of my main duties there was to conduct a medical examination on the new workers and students before they are allowed into the system. I did this with other doctors!
One day, a devout Muslim student was assigned to me. She declined my services on the religious ground. According to her, her religion forbade her from fraternizing with any male outside her immediate family. Well, I respected her view and referred her to a female doctor in town, instantly. But I assured her of my readiness to assist her, whenever she wanted.
Early one morning, she was rushed to my consulting room by her female Muslim friends, because she was in poor health. I referred her to a female doctor immediately, based on our earlier agreement. But to my surprise, she insisted I should treat her, and I asked her why she changed her mind, and she said she could trust me because I did not abandon her the day we first met.
You can imagine how honoured I felt that day! Anyway, I accepted her request with great joy and attended to her. I am glad that she responded to treatment very quickly, and I discharged her later that day, hale and hearty.
We soon became close friends, and she visited my office in the company of her Muslim friends, quite regularly. They became close to my Christian friends too, and they were quite comfortable being around us, even when we prayed and read the Bible. They enjoyed our company, and we enjoyed theirs as well!
One of them later gave his life to Christ, during a crusade meeting he attended with us, and he went on to become a very good addition to the Kingdom of God and an immense blessing to me as a person. I sincerely thank God for the young Muslim girl and the convert we got through her. I did not abandon her, and it paid off in the end to the glory of God.
Friends, you can do the same as well. For instance, don’t abandon the poor in your midst. On the other hand, help them as much as you can, and the Lord will reward you sooner or later (Proverbs 19:17). Also, don’t abandon the voiceless in your land; you can be their voice (Proverbs 31:8-9).
Don’t abandon those who are childless near you. Instead, encourage and pray for them, for great surprises awaits them from God (Isaiah 54:1). Take care of the sick that you can reach; don’t abandon them. Visit them, clean their houses, do their shopping and cooking for them, and support them in other ways possible (Galatians 6:2).
Please, make up your mind not to abandon anyone this Year 2019. At least, give people a fair chance to benefit from you, and the good Lord will be pleased with you (Hebrews 13:16). He will also reward you most appropriately in the end (Matthew 25: 31-40), in Jesus name. Amen.
Happy New Year to you all!
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker