Dr. Devi Shetty, the subject of a Netflix documentary series, is a heart surgeon in India. He performs very difficult, specialized surgeries, and is one of the most accomplished surgeons in the world. The film (The Surgeon’s Cut) tracks his life and career, it also highlights his encounter with Mother Teresa, which through her words to him, cements his purpose in life, even though he was already an extraordinary talent in heart surgery.
It is this profound encounter that led him to know that his God-given talents are to be used as healing hands. Without diminishing for a moment his amazing talent and calling, heart surgery is not a one-man or one-woman job. It is clear to me that the transformation from suffering to health of his patients, from correct diagnosis to successful treatment, needs many hands at work. Perseverance, courage, teamwork, coordination, and a single purpose are all required for heart surgery to be a success.
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16
I am challenged by Dr. Shetty and his team, and more so by the writer to the Church at Ephesus, that I need to apply my talents to what God has called me to in concert with others.
The whole team at Baptist Care SA is gifted talented, qualified, and will be able to see their Mission in action when we work together, courageously, coordinated, and with a single purpose. In the same way, the Baptist movement in South Australia will see the outworking of God’s love in our community when everyone, each church community (fellowship), and the Baptist assembly, apply its talents, play our role, and use the gift that God has equipped us with.
Be encouraged and be challenged.