In recent years, 13 August is being observed as World Organ Donation Day in order to create public awareness about organ donation, which means surgically transferring a healthy person’s organs or tissues to a sick person. Some organs like the kidneys, liver and bone marrow can be transplanted while the donor is alive. In the case of other organs like the heart or eyes, a person may agree to their transplant after his death.
Because of the progress of medical science and technology, the success rate of organ transplants has been increasing rapidly and many patients who had no hope of survival are now able to live longer because of organs donated by other people.
Interestingly, the Bible offers advice about organ donation of a different kind: “Never offer any part of your body to sin’s power. No part of your body should ever be used to do any ungodly thing. Instead, offer yourselves to God as people who have come back from death and are now alive. Offer all the parts of your body to God. Use them to do everything that God approves of.” (Romans 6:13 God’s Word Translation)
A hymn written in 1874 by Francis Havergal and still popularly sung, says it beautifully:
Take my hands and let them move,
at the impulse of thy love,
Take my feet and let them be,
swift and beautiful for thee,
Take my voice and let me sing,
always, only for my king,
Take my lips and let them be,
filled with messages from thee.
Take my heart, it is thine own,
it shall be thy royal throne.
Organ donation is indeed a noble thing to do but it is also important that while we are still alive, we offer our bodies and talents to God in a manner that will bring glory to his name.