Some situations are vividly recalled because of the negative impact on our lives. As I diligently searched for employment, the title read, “Innovative Nursing Administrative Position.”
Description: Immediate administrative nursing position that requires solid clinical background with excellent critical thinking skills. Newly developed with the goal of increasing the quality of care among our residents.
Yes, I was excited this had to be a perfect fit. The interview went well, and I received a tentative start date pending background checks.
But there was a red flag that I ignored. The job description was a draft–a work-in-progress, which equated to unknown definitive duties. Receiving reassurance that completing the job description was imminent, along with the salary and benefits package, persuaded me to accept the facility’s offer with excitement. All was well for the initial four weeks, and then new duties were added every day for at least two weeks. The boulder rolled down the mountain when the Charge Nurse resigned on one of the units. The expectation was that I would fulfill the position until another RN was hired and trained.
Eventually, my administrative duties were withdrawn, and I was the full-time replacement for the vacant Charge Nurse position. Shortening the story, I resigned because of the bait and switch tactic of the company. With research, I learned that I was eligible for unemployment compensation. Two infractions: I was demoted to a staff position due to a vacancy without an end date, and the facility never advertised to replace the Charge Nurse position. The facility’s Administrator attempted to block the unemployment but lost the appeal. Isn’t God good?
Many believers have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior, either lacking scriptural knowledge or the desire to become a disciple–living to serve. What does God require of us?
Spiritual Job Description
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:27
As disciples, we are called into a life of action. To obey God with humility and live a life of service to others in need–providing spiritual [mental and emotional] encouragement and physical necessities. Our role model is Jesus Christ. Impoverished [which God does not require of us], Jesus lived a life of complete servitude. And still, He serves as our High Priest and Heavenly Intercessor. Therefore He is also able to save forever those who come to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25 NASB)
Thankfully, our spiritual job description has no loopholes or unknown areas. Surrendering in humility to God and loving Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind gives us the motivation and zeal to pledge ourselves to discipleship. For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. (Matthew 16:27 ESV)
Bible Study: Matthew 25:31-46
Prayer: God, we pray for forgiveness for not humbling ourselves in obedience to fulfill our spiritual job description. We ask this prayer in Jesus’ Worthy name. Amen. © 2022 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers, and Woman, You Are Loved by God Ministries