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Life Support

LIFE SUPPORT…when you need it, it is so critical in a multitude of instances, like during and after operations, especially major ones…during battles when warriors are seriously wounded and the medics use every conceivable means to keep them alive until they can be transported to a hospital. At the end of older people’s lives, there are many medicines and equipment that are used to prolong their lives. Euthanasia proponents would argue that it is merciful to terminate lives of those that are suffering at extreme levels, without any prospect of improvement.


A couple of weeks ago, as I was exercising, I saw this photo of the 3-day old son of late night show host, Jimmy Kimmel, who had to have open-heart surgery. The photo speaks for itself. I thought about our grandson, Will, who in the very early days of his life had many tubes in his body like this boy. And then later he also had open-heart surgery and the same life support systems were employed to ensure his recovery. As I was focusing on the photo, a life message hit me.


Maybe you have gone through something like this or someone you love has. Most times, the person in need of life support is totally immobilized or highly restricted in their movements. Think about what it takes in these cases for humans to do the same things that God does every moment without ‘the tubes and instruments’ hanging out of our body.

Praise God he has provided medical professionals to be his instruments of healing. But it shows me just how marvelously we are made, and how almighty he is in his creation and in sustaining life. We are ALL miracles.


Sin was introduced into life and bad things happened as a result. Tragedy, aging, and death itself battle against the life that God breathed into Adam and Eve, and by extension into you and me. Life, physical and eternal, are precious to him. He suffers when you suffer. He grieves when your little babies have to go through extreme means to survive. Simply put, life is what God created and it is his desire to have you live abundant and everlasting lives. His plan was never to have his creatures suffer, with things hanging out of our bodies to survive.


But his grace is always sufficient, for little babies as well as the aged. The very first thing he did to show how valuable you are in his mind and heart was to breathe life into mankind. It’s what separates you from the animal kingdom. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Gen. 2:7). There were no tubes to supply the breath or the oxygen. You have been made in the image of the Triune God. You are valuable. That’s why you do whatever possible to maintain or extend life for yourself or others.


But one thing really sticks out to me. Jesus said he was the ‘life’. But it took his being mutilated almost beyond recognition, and enduring an excruciating death on the cross to ensure you could have life, even eternal. He showed you just how important life is to him and to his Father. Through his death, you now can have life by grace through faith. He was willing to die so you might live. And I say that unless you are willing to die for the sake of God’s kingdom, you are not really able to live triumphantly. The hope you have is that empty tomb where he conquered death, knowing that nothing can ever separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus. So, you can live boldly for Christ because you have that assurance.


That’s why you and I battle to live; not because of the fear of death, but because of the knowledge that life is very precious to the One who made us. See, nothing can harm you or deter you, when you have already died on that cross with him. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). You want a guarantee from the very mouth of God? The same mouth that breathed life into mankind? Well, here it is. “It is finished” (Jn. 19:30).


That is why Paul could say boldly with full confidence and assurance. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). Can you, in all honesty, say this with Paul? If the answer is yes, then you are ready to live-boldly, confidently, sacrificially, victoriously!


‘Hey nurse, remove the tubes, let me out of here, I’ve a lot of living to do!’


Copyright 2017

Bill C. Dotson



Scriptures taken from the NKJV

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