by JS Reeverts
What is God’s greatest purpose for our lives as a believer? The best Biblical answer to that question is not limited to Obedience, Praise, Study of the Word, Prayer, Service, or even loving the LORD. The best answer is found in Romans 8:29 identifying that we are to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.
In other words, there ought to be a family resemblance. We have been born anew into His spiritual family (2 Corinthians 5:17), adopted by God as sons and daughters (Romans 8:17), living out the Word of Life as His living letter to the world. (2 Corinthians 3:2-3)
That doesn’t look like a program or organization or an initiative. It looks like his individual children using their gifts to meet the needs of others as ambassadors of Christ.
When I saw Daniel Melia’s call to action to use his God-given interests and pursuits to meet the needs of healthcare professionals in this community, it was a clear expression of the Life of Christ being spoken into the midst of frontline workers’ lives.
His post invitation read this way:
“Quick update on the medical masks. There is quite a demand for them, so we are getting the printers going as quick as we can. Anyone with a printer can make them, so if you’re interested, let me know!
I met with some of our local medical professionals today and came up with another option to use filters that aren’t in such high demand.
We have about 12 masks printed so far today with a plan to ramp up to 20-25 per day. I forgot to mention that we aren’t planning on selling them. They are free to whoever needs them! They only cost about $1.50 to make.
If you’re interested in helping but don’t have a printer, we would take donations of printer filament to feed our machines. They are about $22 a roll and we can get around 20 masks per roll. Just shoot me a message and I’ll give you a link to buy the filament.
The immediate need just in Burlington is around 100 masks, so we have a lot to get printed!”
When he invited others in his circle of influence to get involved, he said “The response was incredible and I think we are good on supplies for now!” He continued by texting, “I can’t believe the amount of people that stepped up to help! It makes me so proud of our community and their appreciation for our medical people.”
Healthcare professionals expressed overwhelming thanks:
“Let’s give a shout out to one of the real MVP’s here! Daniel Melia is donating his time, money and resources into helping out us healthcare workers. These masks he is making are completely reusable and able to be disinfected, all you have to do is change out a small filter. With the PPE shortage that is at every hospital and healthcare facility right now, these are such a blessing to all of us! Thank you for helping keep all of us healthcare workers safe and relieving some of the stress we currently have, you are a true blessing to us healthcare workers and to our community!” said Ardis Behrendsen.
The beauty of God’s grace expressed in its purest form is the selfless care of others’ lives that reach deeply into their need. Sometimes that looks like food delivered to the elderly; sometimes it looks like counseling kids and teens and families through personal crisis; sometimes it looks like a gas card to a family in need; sometimes it looks like volunteering or a message that speaks deeply to the group; but in this case it looked like 3-D printed masks.
Daniel’s expression of Romans 8:29 was driven by the verse he texted to me -
Matthew 25:40 “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Seeking to live out the Life of Jesus Christ is an intimate thing. It’s not mandated or coerced. It does not stem from guilt or finger pointing, but comes from God’s grace calling us to act by faith, trusting that God will use our personal gifts and talents to touch others’ lives.
Romans 12:1-2 puts it this way:
“Therefore, brothers (and sisters), by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”