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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Having Jesus In My Job

In review of Matthew 6:33 it says, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Bottom Line:
Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met.

What this means to me:
I am to seek first and be concerned with the Kingdom of God, and what God wants, then he will provide everything else I need. To turn from emptiness to overflowing, I am to give Jesus complete access to my life, including my career/job. Luke 5:3 says, “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” (NCV). Earlier in these passages, the disciples had worked all night and caught nothing. Then Jesus stepped into their boat and told them to cast their nets again. When they did, they caught so many fish that the nets began to break! It was the same lake, the same boat, the same nets, the same fishermen, and the same fish. The only thing that was different between nothing earlier and fullness was having Jesus is in the boat. The boat represents how I make a living. Simon’s business was his boat because he was a fisherman. The boat can represent my career/job, just like it represented Simon Peter’s entire livelihood. To have Jesus in my boat, means that I dedicate my career/job to Him. I give him control. When Simon Peter gave his job to Jesus for the Lord’s use, he was blessed with incredible results. However, I must be careful with the sequence as its not a “God, make me really successful in business, and then I’ll serve you with the success”, rather It’s the exact opposite. First, Peter let Jesus use his job for his ministry platform. Then Jesus blessed Peter’s job with enormous success. That’s the order. The Bible says in Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (NLT). Whatever I want God to bless, I need to put him first. If I want God to bless my time, then I give him the first part of every day. If I want God to bless my money, then I give him the first 10 percent. If I want God to bless my job, I give him control. This is a great reminder for me as I officially return to full time work starting tomorrow. To give control of my job to Jesus means that I offer it and what I need to do before him, asking and praying for his guidance and perception to know what to do. It means considering my job as a way to serve God’s interests and his Kingdom. Today, I ask God to bless me in my work as I get re-engaged and help lead the team to accomplish our clients goals.

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