My Work Christ’s Home

772016myheartchristshomeWhen I was a new Christian more than 24 years ago, a fellow believer gave me a booklet, My Heart Christ’s Home, written by Robert Boyd Munger in 1951. The story is about a new Christian with Christ in his heart who invites the Lord into all areas of his life through the metaphor of a home.

For example, when the new believer shows Christ the library and the recreational room, Christ points out the importance of inviting him into our reading materials and into our leisurely activities. Christians are often tempted to compartmentalize faith. We may keep a focus on Christ in our family and on Sundays, but we may be tempted to leave our faith out of our non-Christian relationships, television or movie choices, or our work environment.

As I reflected on the simple yet powerful truths found in this story, I thought of nursing. As Christian nurses we seek to live out Christ’s life and teachings in our clinics, schools, and hospitals. Christ doesn’t want to just come into the comfortable areas of our work and reside as a guest. Christ wants to dwell in every work relationship, every patient encounter, every project, class and meeting.

I encourage you to take time to allow Christ to walk through each area of nursing. Even if we consider ourselves mature a believer, I believe each of us will find a locked closet, a dusty cabinet, or even a hidden room that we have kept from God’s Spirit.

The good news is we can always repent: Robert Munger wrote, “I saw it in a minute and dropping to my knees, I said, ‘Lord, You have been a guest and I have been the host. From now on I am going to be the servant. You are going to be the owner and Master and Lord.'”

This reminds me of  the words of Jesus in John 14:23, “If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come into him, and make our abode with him.”

Let’s welcome Jesus to fully move into our work and into our hearts!

NCFI CARES

Carrie Dameron, MSN, RNBC, who is a regular contributor for Nurses Christian Fellowship International and Journal of Christian Nursing. She provides resources for Christian nursing on her blog http://blog.carriedameron.com/.

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