A: No, I find nothing in the Bible that would prevent you from offering one of your kidneys to your brother. His doctors would, of course, need to be sure it was medically possible, but you shouldn’t worry about it from the Bible’s standpoint.
In fact, I commend you for your willingness to do this. Often today, people are asked (perhaps when renewing their driver’s license) if they’re willing to be organ donors when they die — and I encourage people to do this, if their family agrees or there isn’t any other barrier. Countless thousands today are alive because of blood transfusions, and I’m always thankful when I see a sign outside a church advertising a blood drive. What you’re considering is similar to these efforts.
I couldn’t help but think of Jesus’ familiar parable about the Good Samaritan (you will find it in Luke 10). You probably know the story: A man was robbed on a lonely road and left for dead, and the first people who came by ignored him. Finally, a Samaritan stopped, tended the man’s wounds, put him on his donkey, and took him to an inn where he could recover — at the Samaritan’s expense.
It may be costly to help those in need (like your brother), but God calls us to do all we can to assist them. After all, Christ didn’t abandon us, but gave His life for our salvation. “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11).
Q: When we get to heaven, will we ever have worries or bad thoughts, or think about things we really shouldn’t think about? Sometimes my brain wanders all over the place, and I find myself thinking about things I know I shouldn’t. Will it be different in heaven? — J.S.
A: Yes, it definitely will be different in heaven! The Bible says that in heaven all sin will be banished, including not only evil actions, but also evil thoughts and emotions. The Bible says, “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful” (Revelation 21:27).
Remember that in heaven we will be given new and glorious bodies, similar to the body Jesus had after His resurrection. As part of this, we will be given new minds — minds that are pure and untouched by sin, and able to discover all the truths God has in store for us. I can barely imagine what that will be like, but it is God’s promise to us. In that day, the Bible says, we will be like Christ, “for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
In addition, in heaven our hearts and minds will be filled with joy and wonder, because we will be in God’s presence forever. Think of it: Someday we will be with God! All the things that distract us now will fade away in the light of God’s glory and love.
Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ. Have you invited Him into your life, and are you seeking to grow closer to Him every day through prayer, the Bible, and fellowship with other believers? The closer we are to Christ, the less evil attracts us. The Bible says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2).
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