I saw a video today posted by some friends on Face Book about a girl named Taylor. You can watch the video here Taylor’s Gift. She donated her heart so that someone else may live. The science of Physical organ and tissue donation has made it possible for millions of people to live longer and healthier lives. Heart, lung, eyes, kidneys, and even skin can be donated. In all of these cases it requires the sacrifice of one individual for the sake of another.
While we may or may not be signed up as organ donors, we still have the opportunity to give the gift of life, spiritually speaking The example of self sacrifice by Christ is the greatest example of spiritual organ donation, as he gave His life on our behalf. (Philippians 2:3-8). But, how can we become a spiritual donor?
First, we need to recognize the we have an influence on those around us (1 Thessalonians 1:6-7). We can read in 1 Peter 3:1 about the influence a Christian wife can have on her unbelieving husband. In 1 Peter 2:12 we can see that our behavior, the way we conduct ourselves can influence for good. Jesus describes us as Salt and Light in Matthew 5:13-16. These are all instances showing that we have influence and more important is the the fact that we are to have a good influence, a spiritual influence on those around us. We ought to be pointing people to Jesus.
Second, we are spiritual donors by the service we give. Jesus in John 13:1-17 gave a wonderful example of service by washing the disciples feet. Think about the ways in which you can serve others. When we give of ourselves we are able to point people to Jesus.
Third, we can be spiritual donors when we encourage others. 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 14; Hebrews 3: 13; 10:23-24; Romans 12:15, are all wonderful passages to encourage us to encourage others. Where would we be if we had no one to encourage us? Living the Christian life is not always easy and in many respects is very difficult. We need others to encourage and lift us up, and by doing so we are making a spiritual donation.
Fourth, We can be spiritual donors when we take the time to teach others. Matthew 28:18-20 is considered our primary mission as Christians. We need to be teaching and making disciples. When someone becomes a disciples of Jesus they receive everlasting life.
We need to be willing to spiritually donate by our influence, service, encouragement, and teaching. If we do these things, we will be pointing people to Jesus who is the way the truth and the life John 14:6.