Believers should be the best nurses for patients with the Ebola virus.
I mean, only the believer can walk into a life threatening situation and be totally calm and assured. The non-believer can’t say “to live is Christ, to die is gain.”
I know that’s just theoretical. I know it’s way easier to say it than to do it. But it’s the truth.
There are a lot of sad articles about how underprepared we are for Ebola. Articles about how the nurses treating the first US Ebola patient didn’t have the proper equipment or training. Now one of the nurses caught the virus.
Occupational hazard, maybe. But it’s still sad.
And it is news that would scare me if I was a nurse walking in to the room of an Ebola patient. But it shouldn’t.
There are those among us that have the calling to be nurses. Some have the calling to look an infectious disease in the eye and say, “yeah… to treat this virus is for Christ. I’ll endure this work. I’ll do what I’m called to do. I’ll honor God in treating this patient… and if I catch Ebola and die… well that’s my gain. That’s something I’ll look forward to because it hastens the day I get to see my creator.”
“To live is Christ, to die is gain.”
Some people are called to say that.
I get it though. Not easy.
It is, after all, a calling to say, “to live is Christ, to die is gain,” in the most literal sense possible. To choose to put yourself in danger of death. That’s a calling from God.
It’s not necessarily a higher calling, or a harder calling, or a special calling. It’s just a calling.
God calls us all to die in different ways. Maybe you’re a nurse and your call is to face literal death in the room of an infectious patient. If that’s your calling, I hope you’re obedient to it.
Maybe you’re not called to face death though. Maybe you’re the sole provider for a family and taking that risk would be disobedient. If that’s the case, then here is something I know to be true about you – you’re called to do something equally sacrificial with your life. I hope you’re obedient to it.
Think about that.
The call of the nurse to face infection is not different in function from your calling to provide for your family, make bricks in the factory, file reports for your client, sacrifice profit for faithfulness, live intentionally…
Our callings aren’t different in function, just different in form. Yours might not be as obvious or dramatic. But it’s there. Sometimes it’s a whisper, sometimes it’s a yell… but it’s always there:
“Come and die so that you might actually live.”
Jesus loves you. He doesn’t want you to miss or ignore your calling. So what is it?