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But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! Revelation 3:16 NLT
One of my most challenging positions as a nurse involved working with healthcare providers to improve the quality of healthcare for the senior population. The education of the physicians remained an ongoing battle as we addressed the deficiencies of Medicare healthcare measures for their patients with chronic diseases. Even so, quality-based disease management was not an option; set parameters were determined by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) who required modification in the patient’s plan of care until patient-centered goals were met.
Monthly meetings involved the review of statistics that reflected the healthcare provider’s performance as evidenced by the management of chronic diseases. Even with the many variables including patient non-compliance, the expectation was for the patient under managed care to demonstrate disease management including normalized blood sugars and blood pressures.
A monthly report with patient statistics reflected the physician’s failure to meet the standards for disease management of patients with chronic illnesses such as Diabetes, Hypertension, and Osteoporosis. In addition, the physician ordering of screening diagnostic tests including mammograms and colon cancer screening were also monitored by CMS.
Many of the providers took personal offense to the reports and I faced varied reactions of anger, irritability, silence, and blame during these meetings. Regardless of the approval or disapproval of the physician, my responsibility as a quality nurse was to remain focused on the task and provide the nursing support and education to achieve 100% compliance.
God has also provided guidelines to give us the structure and discipline necessary to achieve ongoing spiritual growth along with developing a deeper relationship with him. The Bible–God’s Holy Word–is concise; covering every aspect of our lives and clearly indicating God’s expectations of every Believer. Whether or not our reactions and lifestyles reflect inconsistencies and disobedience, God states:
“I am the Lord and I do not change…“first part, Malachi 3:6 NLT
“For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18 BSB
When we accept the Plan of Salvation, we do not have the option to do as we please. God requires strict obedience and adherence to his commands; we are graciously provided with His loving grace, mercies, and forgiveness which is not to be taken for granted.
It is a choice to make the commitment to accept salvation and enlist in the Army of God. Our love for God must supercede our worldly desires, ambitions, and pursuits. Even when we desire to use the spiritual gifts and natural talents that God has blessed us with; as soldiers we must always seek God’s approval for all of our plans. Although we are utilizing our time for the good of others, we are unable to work our way to Eternal life. Good deeds cannot earn us a higher rank in the Army of God.
Ask yourself, “Am I really doing the will of God?” and then pray a heartfelt prayer, asking God to reveal his will for your life. We are unable to have salvation by selecting what we feel like doing for God. The obedience required to be a willing servant requires that we step out of our comfort zone. Are you experiencing the Jonah syndrome? We cannot run from our responsibility: Our primary focus is to witness to others about our loving God and his Son, Jesus who gave His life for all.
“It is only what we do for Him that will count in the end, it is only what we do for Christ that will last.”
Attention! Forward March!
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019
Bible Reading: Revelation 3
Prayer for today: Dear God, We commit our plans, our desires, and our entire lives to you.We ask you to forgive us of our sins and to fill us with your Holy Spirit. Please reveal to us, your will for our lives so that we may honor and glorify you. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.