Day 62 – Work Transformed
On: January 1, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. [Luke 5:4-7]

There is such cynicism in Simon Peter’s voice as Jesus the carpenter hands out fishing advice to a fisherman! What did Jesus know of fishing … in a lake Simon knew intimately? Apparently enough to land a huge catch!

We find Jesus not just present in a work context, but transforming the work itself.

This presents us with both a challenge and an opportunity. If God is going to get involved in the nitty gritty of our daily work, what should we expect; and how do we pray?

I would suggest that we should not simply expect God to make things go well for us at work according to worldly measures of achievement and success. The context of the catch of fish was quite particular, as we shall see tomorrow.

Rather, should we not ask God to open our eyes to see His priorities, however counter cultural and unachievable they they may seem. This was Simon Peter’s challenge as he was told to toss his nets into the deep water.

That is where we can expect to see a quite unexpected catch. That is where others will gather round to see what is going on. And that is where we will need to hang onto Jesus as the boat might seem ready to sink.

God at work What should we expect? How do we pray?

Prayer:

Father God, transform my approach to my work, that my workplace might be transformed; that those I work with will see the Kingdom of God in their midst. Amen

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