Can you imagine just walking away from your work?
Not retiring to a secure financially planned future.
Not the way you feel when cash flow is low and payroll is beyond reach and you’re screaming in your own head, “Would somebody just fix this?”
I mean just walking away in a response to an invitation from an itinerate teacher, Come with me.
That’s what Simon Peter and Andrew did.
No questions like, “You talkin’ to me?”
No careful reading of the business plan, especially the financial projections.
Not even a “Let me run home and tell Honey.”
They stopped. They dropped. They followed.
Now odds are Jesus won’t ask you to leave your business or work and follow him full time. (He could though. I’ve had that experience twice.)
However, Jesus does expect to be involved in all aspects of your life, including your work. He wants to make you a new kind of _________ (insert your vocation here). For Simon and Andrew it was fisherman. What’s yours?
Jesus refuses to be an addendum at the bottom of your business agreement. He digs his heels in, crosses his arms, and says “Nope” when you attempt to squeeze him into your schedule as a convenience.
He calls you to:
The insane at work demand 24/7/365. They do the business dance as if the purpose is to get from one side of the room to the other rather than enjoy the music and your partner.
To work Faith Positive in the negative world, you must stop. Ask Jesus for wisdom. Take on the mind of Christ. Give your entire attention to what God is doing today (Matthew 6:34, MSG).
It’s easy to fill your hands, your calendar, and your life with good things of your own choosing. Day after day, night after night, you are full, and yet undernourished. “There has to be something more to work than this,” you think.
Simon and Andrew dropped their nets. What would Jesus have you drop to a make a new ___________ (insert your vocation here) of you?
Yes, you continue your work, but in a new way. You share the Good News through your work.
Worship services are filled weekly with business professionals who admire Jesus. Think he was a great guy, important, even confess him as the Son of God.
And yet when the invitation comes to Stop, Drop, and Follow, the commitment fails.
Jesus has plenty of admirers.
He’s inviting followers.
Forgiven business professionals who forgive others.
Generous workers who give to others because God gave.
Loving teammates who think more about others than themselves.
Jesus probably won’t ask you to leave your work and follow him full time. What he does invite you to do is to stop working the way you have, drop what you’ve been doing that’s not working well, and bring your work and follow him.
Stop. Drop. Follow Jesus.
Work Faith Positive and increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.
Dr. Joey Faucette