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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Get Jesus in My Boat (My Work)

In review of Colossians 3:17 Paul reminds me that “Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father” (GNT).

Today’s verse is from Colossians 3:17. In it Paul reminds me that whatever I do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, and come with him into the presence of God the Father to give him my thanks.

This means that my life should be about bringing honor to Christ in every aspect and activity of my daily living, including my job. As his follower I represent him at all times (his ambassador), with wherever I go and whatever I say. So what impression do people have of Christ when they see or talk with me?

When it comes to my work, do I invite him to be a part of it. Yesterday I looked at the story of Andrew and Simon Peter and their empty fishing nets in Luke 5. They had gone all night without catching a single fish. But when Jesus got into their boat and they did what he told them to do (“Let down the nets for a catch”), God did the rest. They caught so many fish that their nets began to break, and they needed to get extra help to bring the load in.

What was different between the period of time when they couldn’t catch anything and the moment when they had too much fish to handle? It’s the same lake, the same boat, the same nets, the same fishermen, and the same fish. The difference between empty nets and abundance was Jesus’ presence in the boat. It was a game-changer. They were no longer fishing by themselves. God was in their boat.

What’s my boat? It’s what I do to make a living. This means that if I want God to bless my work, I need to invite God to be a part of it.

This isn’t salvation. There are lots of people who have Jesus in their lives but not in their jobs. To get Jesus into my boat, I need to dedicate my career to him. When Simon Peter and Andrew did this, God gave them more fish than they could handle. How did these guys go from nothing to abundance? They let Jesus use their boat as a platform for his ministry.

I need to give Him my career, give him whatever I have as a platform for him to work.” That’s when God does a miracle.

Whatever I want God to bless, I give him first place in. That means I’m a missionary disguised as IT Operations Manager. Regardless of what my career is, I make the commitment that I’m a missionary first.

The Bible says, “Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17 GNT).

In my work I’ll ask Jesus to take control of my boat. Then Commit to using my work for God’s glory. I can then watch Jesus do a miracle.

Bottom Line:
In the things you do, represent Jesus well, giving thanks to the Father through him.

What this means to me:
In the things I do, be a good representative of Jesus giving thanks through him to God the Father.

In summary, whatever I do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus. Through him give to the Father my thanks. My life should be about bringing honor to Christ in every aspect and activity of my daily living, including my job. Like Simon Peter, when I let Jesus get into my boat and then do what he says, he'll do the rest. I need to let Jesus use my work (my boat) as a platform for his ministry. I need to give it him for his work. Give to him to bless, let him have first place in it.

This morning Father, I invite you to be in my work and give you first place in it. I pray this morning Father that your Spirit remind me of this today. Allow my perspective and actions to be shaped by this. I also continue to ask for your wisdom and guidance in my work, my leadership and in my interaction with others. These things I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen.

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