Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid, from now on you will catch men”. So, they pulled their boats up on the shore, left everything and followed him.
Those are such powerful words. The problem is, they’re almost like a fairy tale. So familiar, they’re unreal. But it really happened. We have laptops, desks and office buildings. They had boats, water and nets. It makes no difference if they were scraping by to make a living on the lake over 2000 years ago or if we’re comfortably earning our way in Darien and New York in 2013. The principal is the same. We can still follow God in the same way.
Why did God fill up their nets with fish for them? I’d hazard a guess that he wanted to show them that everything will be fine if they have faith. And so it’s the same for us. What are we leaving? I’d suggest it’s our dedication to the things that simply don’t matter like wealth, status and pride. And the anxiety, worry and stress that comes with that. When we leave those things behind and let go, anything can happen. (It’s also a huge relief). God sees a different heart and He will work through that heart and do the most amazing things. Things you could never imagine yourself doing. I’m no testimony to that but I’m trying. But I’ve seen it happen and I’ve read about people who are. To name a few, the fisherman, Moses, Noah, Abram, and even tax collectors! Everyday people like me. And you.
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, we want to follow you but we’re distracted by worldly things. Help us to take that leap of faith and truly follow your path even if it’s only lit a few steps of the way – Amen!
“Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years of our lives are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.”
It’s written in stone!
I know this sounds like a depressing verse and I agree it is, if looked at from a human point of view. But it’s actually quite liberating. Especially if you’re 47 years old like me. It means I have 23 years left to focus on the things that God wants me to do. ( I may live until I’m 90 but play along with me). How do I know what God wants me to do? I don’t really. But I know some things. God made me and blessed me with some skills. In my case, my skills evolve around creativity. I have used the last 27 years of those skills dedicated to working for Advertising agencies and providing for my family. Nothing wrong with that. But I haven’t necessarily used them to give back to God. To serve him. So, now I recognize that, all I can do is pray and listen to what God has for me to do. I know that if I’ve offered myself up to him, something will come up. Most likely something that I never thought I would do. Like write a blog!
Heavenly Father, you have blessed us with so many gifts, Our families, our homes and our jobs. Help us to realize that they’re only temporary gifts from you and that you want us to use them to glorify you. We offer ourselves up to you Lord. Amen!
‘Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than the people’.
Take a moment to say thanks to God for your gifts and blessings.
One of the first questions I’m ever asked at a function or social dinner is “what do I do?” or “who do I work for?” It’s a default question to break the ice. Of course, I always politely reply by saying who I work for or what I do. But the truth is, I work for God because it’s he who has given me the gifts and skills to do my work and it’s he that gives me the strength and confidence to face the issues in my work place. It’s all come from God because he created me, not the company I work for. Of course, the company benefits, and I try to be a loyal and hard-working employee because God wants me to behave in that way. And hopefully I benefit as well. As it goes on to say in Colossians 3:24, ‘Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward and that the Master you are serving is Christ’. I pray that one day when I’m asked that question, I can simply reply ‘God’ and then explain why.
Heavenly Father, today, give us the faith to turn to you in our work places. To praise and thank you when things are going well and for strength and wisdom when we’re facing difficulties. For it is you we serve and glorify. Amen.