Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Blood Drive

The hospital where I work hosts several blood drives each year.  As an incentive for employees to give blood, the hospital often sponsors a raffle.  Each blood donor's name is put in a drawing for a free vacation day.  Only once in the twenty-three years I have worked at the hospital and given blood, have I ever won the vacation day.

Incentives or not, I am always impressed at the number of employees, and even their family members, who come out to donate blood.

There are many people in my sphere for whom I would willingly give my blood.  My family, my co-workers, and of course the lovely people we have the honor of doing services for at several area nursing homes.  But the list of those I would be willing to give my life for is quite small.

When I think of that, it amazes me that the Lord Jesus Christ willingly gave His life for us all when we were ungodly and turned away from Him.

"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Roman 5:6-8.)

It is one thing for someone to die for a family member or loved one.  It is quite another to die for those that hate you and refuse you.  Christ needed no incentive to give His blood, His very life, for our souls because His love was --and is-- that great for us.

 There is no way we can ever fathom the depths of that love.  It will be one of the great quests of eternity for us to ever delve into the wonders of Christ's love.

"For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; 
that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." 
(2 Corinthians 5:21.)

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