As I pondered this it occurred to me that not everyone in the medical field is always operating out of that mission. It seems to me it is precisely when people in that arena lose track of their mission that problems occur. There will always be some in that field who begin to think that their mission is to make a great deal of money. Others may think that their mission is simply to have a job that they must do in order to support themselves. When someone in a medical profession decides that his or her mission is to make money abuses are going to happen. That person’s heart will be in charging ever larger fees and orienting the treatment they render patients around whatever will produce the most income, not in compassionately caring for hurting people. Similarly if a medical professional focuses on merely doing a job he or she likely will be less gentle, less caring and less compassionate with patients than one might hope.
What then is the proper mission for a follower of Jesus? There are a number of ways one could define it, but I like 1 Peter 2:9. “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” We belong to God. Our calling is to be his priests, people who represent him to the world around us, and represent the world around us to him as we intercede for them. Our great goal is to declare the praise of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. This is our mission. This is to be the aim and the motivation behind everything we are and in everything we do. This is a general, overriding goal for everything, just like for medical personnel their overriding goal is to bring comfort and healing to ailing people. This mission is the same for every follower of Jesus Christ. However, the specifics of how that works out will not be exactly the same for every believer.