Pastor Daron Lindemann
Matthew left his job without a two-week notice—because he wanted to follow Jesus. If you need to leave your job in order to follow Jesus, then you have my blessing, but Jesus makes it clear that you can follow him and keep your job.
As a matter of fact, you can follow Jesus at your job, at the gym, in the classroom, where you hang out and go out, and everywhere in between. You see, for Christians, following Jesus is our job.
The Bible tells us that Jesus “saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth.” Jesus didn’t see a tax collector; he saw Matthew. He was a man, a soul to be understood and forgiven, to be empowered and employed. “Follow me,” Jesus said. “And Matthew got up and followed him” (Matthew 9:9). In Jesus, Matthew found mercy and meaning.
A survey revealed that 7 of the top 10 most gratifying jobs included pastors, firefighters, and then various kinds of teachers or therapists. The common denominator in these jobs: caring for people. Well, Jesus must really love his job because he cares about you. And he calls you to care about others. Anytime. Anywhere.
The next time someone asks what you do and you think about replying, “I’m in construction” or “I’m a financial rep” or “I’m unemployed,” maybe you could say to that person, “I’m a follower of Jesus.”
Then again, maybe they don’t even need to ask.
You have the power to change your world!
The Bible tells the story of how God reformed a misshaped world through Jesus. How you see yourself fitting into that story shapes you. And as you reach out to share that story, it can’t help but shape the world around you!
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