This past week I have been discussing doing great works of God, the miracles He performs, and our story of compassion. Furthering the discussion of compassion, let’s examine our relationship with God. Where is He in your life? Let’s begin here:
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33
Does your relationship with God revolve around just around the weekend? How about during moments of stress or importance? Do you place God in everything you do like your job?
If you want your life to turn from emptiness to overflowing, you have to give Jesus complete access to your life, including your career.
Wait! I can’t let Jesus into my job! Why not? We allow Jesus into our hearts, marriage, goals, finances, relationships, and other aspects of our lives. Why not work? Let’s look to the Bible:
Jesus got into one of the boats, the one that belonged to Simon, and asked him to push off a little from the land. Then Jesus sat down and continued to teach the people from the boat. Luke 5:3
What can we learn from this passage and story? The disciples had worked all night and caught nothing. Then Jesus stepped into their boat and told them to throw their nets again. When they did, they got so many fish that the nets began to break! It’s the same lake, the same boat, the same nets, the same fishermen, and the same fish. The lone thing that was different between nothing and fullness was Jesus in the boat.
Hence, here is another good starting point:
Is God in your boat?
First, what’s your boat? It’s how you make your living. Simon’s business was his boat because he was a fisherman. The boat represents your career, your profession, your line of work, just like it represented Simon Peter’s entire livelihood.
Ok, I have a boat but now what? What does it entail to have Jesus in my boat?
It means you dedicate your career to God. We’re not speaking about salvation here. You may accept Jesus in your life, but have you given him control of your career. You’ve trusted Him for salvation and praise God. When Simon Peter gave his job to Jesus for the Lord’s use, he was blessed with incredible results.
However, don’t miss the sequence. We sometimes think, “God, make me really successful in business, and then I’ll serve you with the success.” Wrong! It’s just the exact opposite. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people pray for a good job or to win the lottery so they can do good and give generously. The true process is first, Peter let Jesus use his job for his ministry platform. Then Jesus blessed Peter’s job with enormous success. That’s the order. Be grateful for the job you have, pray for the job you are looking for, trust in His will, and glorify Him now… not later.
Whatever you want God to bless, put him first. You want God to bless your time? You give him the first part of every day. You want God to bless you with prosperity? You give him the first 10 percent of your income, no matter how small it is. You want God to bless your job? You give him control, no matter how successful you are.
Remember, the disciples had worked all night and caught nothing. Once they allowed Jesus to enter their boat, everything changed.