As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. Mark 1:16 NIV
May God bless the work of your hands. The focus of that sentence literally is on the word work. It is listed as the number two major choice that you will make in your life behind who you will marry.
Some of the men Jesus called were working at the moment he called them. Peter and Andrew were fishing. James and John were mending nets and left other men in charge to help their father, which might indicate they were businessmen. Matthew was working at his tax collector’s booth. Jesus found them working. Don’t fret over finding the right job, focus on doing your work right.
Reflections about work
- Become skilled – master all aspects of your responsibilities. Don’t view work as just a place to show up, work for 8 hours, and then go home. A continued learner is a valuable worker. You have the responsibility to excel in your skill set.
- Be diligent. What would have happened if Jesus had watched Peter and Andrew being slack at their work? Did he possibly see a work ethic that translated into a faithful disciple? The disciples were not ever accused of being lazy – although the did get tired and fell asleep. Endurance is connected to sweat. I know that some jobs are not manual labor and are performed in AC. Perseverance is still needed to bring jobs into completion.
- Be the positive thermostat. As an ambassador for the kingdom of Jesus, your words and conduct can bring hope and life into your work place. Don’t engage in work gossip. Speak well of those in authority. Smile at others.
- Remember your ultimate boss. Paul reminds us that “whatever we do, work as unto the Lord.” Would you work any differently if Jesus was observing you work? Would you present a more complete task if he were going to review it?
Jesus found Peter and Andrew hard at work. May you be blessed to be found faithful in your physical work and spiritual endeavors. When Jesus returns He is looking for those who are faithfully completing their task.
Blessings Love y’all