The Christian’s Oath
Last night I watched an inspiring episode of a popular medical drama that includes a group of doctors. At the end of the episode one of the doctors recited the Physician’s Oath, inspiring a crowd of doctors, who soon erupted in applause. As I watched this segment, I was deeply moved by the sense of unity and determination that the doctors had together in what they themselves call a service to humanity. The oath that a doctor takes is a total commitment to saving human life.
What about the oath that Christians take? What about the commitment we make to God as we ask Him to come into our lives and as we strive to live for Him? Doctors live out their oath every day, and they are on call 24/7, always ready to go. What about Christians? Should it be any different? We’ve been called to consecrate our lives to God (Leviticus 11:44-45, 1 Peter 2:9-10). That includes us living for God and living out the Gospel. We’ve been charged to provide a service to humanity (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19). Why? Because Christ in us is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
Unfortunately, and unnecessarily, we break this oath all of the time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, if we are going to see the world changed by the power of the Gospel and God glorified in all the earth, we must accept our oath. Our oath must not be something that we recite once and hear only when we fail. Our oath must not be something at the back of our mind, but something that is always at the forefront of our mind. Our oath must not represent what we do or what what we should do, but who we are and who we are becoming. If we break our oath, we not only push ourselves away from God, but we also miss out on the opportunity for others to know God.
Our oath, the Christian’s Oath, must never be broken and it must be kept each day.