On: December 31, 2014 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. [Luke 5:1-3]
Let’s not get caught up with fishing nets and boats at the water’s edge. This is the cultural context. Rather, we should note that Jesus is engaging with people in their everyday setting. We’ve already seen Him preaching from the pulpit. Now we see Him teaching in the workplace.
I would be so bold as to suggest that, at a point in time when the majority would not even consider darkening the doors of a church, the workplace, with its bonds of shared experience, is where we need to focus much of our energy. And, if we are to cut any ice, it will take all the creativity and courage we can muster to break out of the bubble of silent faith.
Ideas? For myself, I have started writing about how my faith and everyday life fit together. The first book, Riding the Tide, was published in 2013 and “In the Footsteps of the King”, that you are now reading, follows “Time for Light” and 21 Bible Heroes. (see www.ridingthetide.org for more information). It’s all a work in progress, but they provide a great opportunity to talk about what makes my life tick with those who might not otherwise get any insight into how Jesus can impact their daily life. For you? It’ll be different. Why not ask God about it?
Father God, please show me how I can use the opportunities, experience and skills you have given me to tell people about Jesus. Amen.