The altar at Tel Beersheba.
of Gordon Govier
A few days before I became National Director of Nurses Christian Fellowship, God challenged me to consecrate myself. I was participating in a commissioning service for campus ministers led by Tom Lin, InterVarsity’s new president, and I reflected on the importance God places on consecration.
When God brought the Israelites out of 430 years of slavery in Egypt, he told them to consecrate to him every firstborn male who opened the womb. As the Israelites prepared to enter the promised land some 40 years later, their new leader Joshua told the people: “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you” (Joshua 3:5, NIV). The people were to separate themselves to be holy, ready to do God’s work.
As nurses, we have consecrated our lives to promote, maintain, and restore health. It is a sacred calling to care for people in all aspects of life. Nurses Christian Fellowship is set apart by God to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to nursing and healthcare. Our calling to nursing students, educators, nurses—and their patients, brings the sacred gift of true life.
You are part of this sacred calling. Your membership tells the profession and the world that there are Christian nurses who stand for God, his Word, and his ways. In Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones coming to life, God proclaimed that Israel would once again become a great nation. God said, “Then the nations shall realize that I the Lord do set apart and consecrate Israel for holy use, when My sanctuary shall be in their midst forevermore” (Ezekiel 37:28, AMP). When we as Christian nurses consecrate ourselves for holy use, the world recognizes God in our midst. Imagine what a statement it would make for NCF to have 10,000, even 100,000 members caring in Christ’s name!
I pray for you as you consecrate yourself to God. NCF desires to support you in this sacred endeavor. Know that your membership, financial gifts, and prayers help NCF actively engage on the campus and professionally in our sacred calling. Like the Israelites, let’s continue to anticipate the amazing things God will do among us!
Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner became the national director of Nurses Christian Fellowship on July 1, 2016.