This week I watched the movie Patch Adams. I recommend it to everyone. It definitely is in my top 5 favorite movies. (and it’s on Netflix so…def go watch it)
Hunter “Patch” Adams is a doctor who is trying to change the world of medicine. He uses humor, compassion, and genuine friendship as a tool to help sick people. His hospital takes all types of patients free of charge. His patients weren’t just diseases, they were real people with real stories. He wanted to become a doctor to serve the world.
This movie is truly amazing. The heart of Patch is what I want. A servants heart. A heart that wants to help people. A heart of humility. A heart of compassion.
I believe the church is like a hospital. We’re a building full of real people who need help every day. Jesus says in Mark 2:17, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” The church helps bring in sick people and then Jesus heals them.
One of my favorite quotes from patch is, “Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.” This is what a church needs to be. Our job is encouraging people. Spreading love like a wildfire. Showing hope to the world. Life isn’t just one big waiting room. We are not just sitting around patiently for Jesus’ return, but we’re enjoying life and improving the lives of others through Christ. We are living, we are loving, and we are serving.
The world isn’t one big disease that we need to avoid at all cost. It’s not a leper colony that we sidestep. We should focus on bringing the sick into the hospital and letting the doctor take care of them. And we should be sitting with them during this process. We need to have real community with the sick. That means being legitimate friends with others around you.
And remember, you aren’t the doctor…Jesus is. It’s not about our doings, it’s about what He has done, what He has already done, and what He is going to do.
We were all once sick, and there was only one doctor who saved us. And that doctor is able to save anybody. All we have to do is bring others to Him.
Make relations with people. Don’t allow the sick to die off. The church is the spiritual hospital of the world. Let’s continue to show love, grace, compassion, and maybe even a little bit of humor.
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