Save a Life

by Joanna Pierce on January 10, 2018

I’ve been an avid blood donor most of my life. There’s nothing about the process that’s pleasant in my opinion—getting pricked on your finger to test your iron levels, enduring a grueling interview process of where you’ve traveled and your interactions with people, tolerating someone rubbing iodine in the crevice of your arm for a whole minute (ahhhh), and sustaining a needle stick from a fairly long metal rod…

If I haven’t made you think—“Well, sign me up to donate”—I’ve done a disservice. Truthfully, through all the discomfort of donating blood, it’s worth it. Why? Because it helps save a life. Just in case you were unaware, blood doesn’t grow on trees, it’s not fabricated in a warehouse somewhere, and it doesn’t appear out of thin air. When someone receives blood in an ambulance, hospital, or other location, it’s from people who’ve sacrificed their time, energy, and comfort.

I’ve also thought of donating my blood as an investment. Right or wrong, I’ve come to terms with the fact that donating blood every 8 weeks (56 days)—as often as I can—will help me out in the future somehow. I feel like I’m building up a reservoir of blood to tap into when I might need it in the future.

In my mind, donating blood is a lot like making disciples:

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words]… (Matthew 28:19, AMP)

So, I’m sure you’re thinking—what does donating blood have to do with making disciples? I’ll explain.

A disciple is a learner or Christ-follower. Our commission is to go out and to share the Gospel with everyone. But, we don’t end with just sharing the Word. We’re called to help turn people into disciples: Christ-followers. We help people make the decision to accept the Gospel message, apply it to their life, and to take steps to become a new creature in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).

When you set forth to make disciples for Christ, this doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and investment—weeks of Bible studies, coaching, instruction, training, etc. But, we sacrifice our time, reach the lost, and help others because we know the importance of saving a life. It’s not always fun (people are frustrating), it’s hard work, and reaching out to someone who initially seems unlovable is unpleasant at times. But, it’s a life, and they’re always worth saving.

And, here’s where it gets really cool.

When you are instrumental in helping someone discover Christ, follow the plan of salvation (Acts 2:38), and begin their spiritual walk, they’ll eventually grow into someone mightily used by God. All that time, effort, and energy you’ve invested in someone might just help you in the future. You have no idea when you’ll need a word of encouragement, a brother/sister to help pray with you, or someone to help you fight the gates of hell. And your disciple, might just be that person who will be there for you, being the one supporting you through your trial. Your investment in soul-winning and disciple-making will affect your future.

And, just in case you don’t see the return on investment in this life, God will surely show you in Heaven. With the dawn of the new age of eternity, you’ll find yourself as the ruler over many cities because of the lives you helped save (Luke 19:17).

So, give your time, energy, blood, sweat, and tears, and help save a life. Make a disciple. Win a soul for the Kingdom of God.