The ABC of FIRST AID
For many years I was the on-site supervisor or manager for a construction company. Travelling around the country overseeing the installation of foundation piling. It was and still is, an extremely dangerous occupation. Being rated in the highest group to insure gives an indication to that. One of my responsibilities was the Health and Safety of the workforce and one of the duties was to be the on-site First Aider.
I say duties but it was a pleasure. But you have to be a trained First Aider which meant every three years attending and sitting on a course for either one day as a refresher, or for a full three day course. It was basically the same each time I went for the course. It was never in the same place, I did them in London, Bristol, Newcastle etc., but never in my home town although there was a training centre not 200 yards from my house. Anyway, the main thing to remember each time was your A, B, C, it was an easy acrostic that was drummed in over many years;
- A = Airway
- B = Breathing
- C = Circulation
And then they changed it! Why? Why did they need to change something that was so basic but effective? Because there was something important missing at the beginning!
Was the person in danger, which could also put you in the same danger. Like a live electricity cable or falling objects? I knew a man who, on seeing his work colleague collapsed at the bottom of a shaft that they had machined out of the earth, went down himself to help. He too was overcome and killed by the escape of methane gas. Our initial response, no our automatic response is to reach out and help, isn’t it?
So they had changed the acrostic to DR ABC (Doctor ABC), so henceforth its;
- D = Danger, is there any further danger?
- R = Response, is the patient conscious are they responding
- A = Airway, is there any object obstructing the airway?
- B = Breathing, is the patient breathing?
- C = Circulation, does the patient have any sign of a heartbeat/circulation?
These easy steps are vital in possibly saving somebody’s life.
Some years later, I heard another brother saying that evangelism is as easy as ABC. My ears pricked up, I wanted to hear more. “It’s all you have to follow” he continued, A = Accept, accept Christ, B = Believe in Christ, C = Confess.”
I was new in the faith, but this didn’t completely sit right with me. It appealed for its sheer simplicity but there appeared to be something different from my own limited understanding. Mine wasn’t an acrostic which I like, it was just rhythmical;
Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess. =
- HEAR…… the word of God. Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and by hearing of the word of God.”
- BELIEVE… in your heart that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.”
- REPENT… There has to be repentance. Acts 17:30 “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.”
- CONFESS… There has to be a declaration from your own words. Romans 10:9 “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Now this doesn’t really fit into an easy acrostic, H, B, R, C, and I could change the easy acrostic of ABC to DR ABC;
- D = DANGER, without Christ you are heading to hell!
- R = REVELATION, there has to be an awakening of the seed of faith by the word of God.
- A = ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, the acceptance HAS to include repentance!
- B = BELIEVE, one must truly believe in the Lord Jesus
- C = CONFESS, there has to be a confession of faith.
I believe that we all have a responsibility to every person alive in both physical and spiritual needs, you wouldn’t stand by and watch a man die without wanting to do whatever you could to stop them choking, or without breath, etc..neither should we neglect people who may never of heard the gospel, always be ready to administer the FIRST AID of Jesus, it’s as easy as ABC and you just might help save their life!