In the Stanford Hospital, there was a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. He hesitated for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save Liz.”
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?” Being young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood. Attitude, after all, is everything.
I pray that we all could have this kind of sacrificial attitude one toward another. Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (Jn. 15:13). This, Jesus did on the cross (Rom. 5:6-9). Thus, John says, “Hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 Jn. 3:16). What would you be willing to do for your brethren? Are you willing to sacrifice?
Think About It!
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