Surgical Procedure

July 23, 2014
by Kirsti Sipila

Romans 12:1-3 – Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)

It was another day in the dentist's chair. The previous visit had been somewhat complicated, and I had a lot on my mind as I gathered my thoughts to prepare for this surgery.

I trusted the procedure to the skilled hands of the dental surgeon and all went well, all the way to the healing that took a couple of days. The pain of a toothache was eliminated, and I was as happy as a lark, thanks to the art of the dentist and his skills.

I know very well that more visits are ahead, but knowing the carefully-handled situations before, I have no fear of the future visits.

That said, my thoughts went to the needed spiritual surgery of our souls. The Maker of heaven and earth on the sixth day created a human being with a soul that had a free will to choose the way of life and live connected to God. Instead, we naturally choose to do whatever we want to do, whenever we want to do it — sin.

In that light, each of us needs to look at our spiritual life as the extraction of sin and the healing of the infection it causes. Sin is a real pain in need of spiritual intervention — surgery by God. He made a way to turn our sinful ways back to Him, to be pure and sinless, and to live a life pleasing to Him. God made Christ Who had no sin to be sin to pay the penalty of our sinfulness, through the blood shed by Christ on the cross! God is offering to forgive our rebellious souls and give us a new beginning with Him. When we realize our need and admit to such surgery, then God the Father calls us His children.

I had to seek assistance from one with professional skills before I was freed from the problem with my tooth. Just as later I was happy about a procedure that at first was painful, so it is also a great joy when we find the release of salvation under God's procedure and assistance to seek His will and way. When with a sorry, sad, and contrite heart we turn to the love God offers through His Son Jesus, we rise anew because of God's amazing grace that washes and cleanses the sinner in us to life anew in Christ.

Let us pray that millions of people, who today do not believe in Jesus and perish because of it, will come to a change of heart and spirit and will obey and trust God's healing surgery of the spirit to salvation.

Titus 2:11-13 – For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. (ESV)

Prayer: God, our heavenly Father, You forgive us through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Heal each of our human souls from all wrongdoing. We come to You in our brokenness to be made whole, into a new way in life and death. Glory and honour to You, in Jesus' name, we pray! Amen!

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Brantford, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you Kirsti.

    Wonderful reminder Kirsti.

    Good Witness and analogy Kirsti.
    God Bless.

    Dear Kirsti,
    Thank you for this inspiring, powerful devotional. It is my prayer many may be moved to accept salvation after reading it.

    A great message teaching us that our Lord is indeed the great physician and able to cleanse our sins, when we turn to Him, and make us as white as snow.
    I loved this message of assurance and promise. Thank you so much.
    Praying your mouth will heal nicely. Do as the doctor orders and things should be fine.
    Blessings always.

    Dear Kirsti,
    May you and I and all your readers REST in the assurance of their salvation through the finished work of Jesus Christ.
    You use your illustrations well.
    I pray too that the work dental you still will need will go well.
    Keep writing.

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