And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Luke 5:3 KJV
Peter, also named Simon, was a fisherman. That was his personal business. The way he made his money. When Jesus needed to teach the people and had no room to stand so the people could hear him teach, he asked for the use of Simon’s place of business. Imagine that. Jesus asked for his permission. I like that he did that.
Sometimes, God uses the life and livelihood of his disciples to teach his people. Peter’s place of business was so apropos in that Jesus was teaching Peter, by example, how to use his profession to catch people – a different kind of fish. That is so cool! Jesus was excellent at getting his messages across. An excellent teacher indeed.
Your life, your place of business or employment can become a tool to win people to Christ. Not by posting scripture all over the place, wearing Jesus t-shirts or blaring Christian music, but by just being patient and kind. By showing respect to your fellow colleagues, clients and customers. Simply put, love. For God is Love. Love is patient and kind. So when we show love we make room for Jesus.
How many of us would lend our businesses to Jesus for the teaching of the gospel? Would you, make room for Jesus?
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