Nursing is far more than an occupation.
From my early student days when I was involved in a Bible study with Nurses Christian Fellowship, I understood that God had called me to nursing for more reasons than just making a living, developing good clinical and observation skills, and giving excellent care. God wanted me in nursing because he had a strategy in mind. Nursing is that place where I can be obedient to God’s call to follow him, to be a disciple and make disciples.
Each of us is strategically placed where God can use us. He calls us to obedience. And as we obey, he transforms us. He asks us to give of ourselves—to see, listen to, and meet the needs of those in our care.
Why do any of us do what we do? I hope that we who are Christian nurses would say it’s because God has given us meaningful work where he can use us. In other words, he’s given us not an occupation but a vocation, one in which we have opportunities to trust God to send us into mission wherever we are, caring, giving of ourselves, and meeting needs. It’s also a calling to discipleship—to go and make disciples wherever we are.
May we all go with an attitude of worship to the place God has called us to, whether in homes, in an inner-city clinic, in a large academic hospital, overseas in a mission hospital, or in a classroom teaching basic community health. And may we return at the end of our shift knowing that we have worshiped well as we’ve lived out the vocation God purposed for us.
Moreover, for all of us who follow Jesus, may we follow the exhortation of 1 Corinthians 10:31 and let our occupation be our vocation as we bring glory to God always.
Connie Jarlsberg has served as NCF Missions Specialist since 2008. Recently she returned to Uganda, East Africa with WorldVenture to teach and minister to students and nurses. Connie is working with numerous non-profits to plan seminars on holistic healthcare (body, mind and spirit) for children at risk in Uganda.