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TITLE: Serving the Lord in the Context of Your Profession
By Allan Morelos
06/16/08
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I like to write a book on tentmaking. This is a draft of the first chapter. I want to have it as a kind of a devotional. My target audience would include young professionals or those who want to use their professions as means to become bivocational missionaries in semi-closed or closed countries.
Chapter 1

Serving the Lord in the Context of Your Profession

The sea is at rest. Gently, the breeze blows as the rhythmic splashing of the waves on the beach enhances the salty but refreshingly smell of the sea. Two sweating fishermen, the brothers Simon and Andrew, chat as they mend their nets. They’ve just enjoyed a plentiful catch. They seem content. On the far side of the sea, another two brothers, James and John, prepare their nets as carefully and diligently. Three hired men are working on some of the broken nets with the other two hired hands assisting. The elderly man, their father, standing by and supervising, has this satisfied look on his face.

“Business is good; business is great,” he mutters.

Then, the Lord Jesus walks by, at first where Simon and Andrew are. He looks at them in the eye and says to them, “Come, follow Me.”

A distance away, He sees James and John and invites them. “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately leave their nets, their boats, their hired men, their father and their everything and follow Him. All four have just accepted His invitation to become fishers of men.

The working world is where the nitty-gritty of life abounds. You can find fulfillment, honor and achievement. Your profession does provide you with such surging emotions and strong sense of satisfaction. Failure, discontentment and disgrace, on the other hand, are part of the working world, too. Competition, conflict and conquest are the norms. Defeat, desperation and despair describe the world at large. In this context, Jesus walks by.

What if the Lord has walked by a team of architects and engineers?

You may hear Him say, “Follow Me and I will make you builders of men.”

What about a group of dynamic sportsmen and athletes? “Follow Me and I will make you winners of men.”

Of managers and CEO’s? “Follow Me and I will make you leaders of men.”

Of doctors, nurses and health professionals? “Follow Me and I will make you healers of men.”

Whatever your profession, God has a bidding for you to fulfill. He says, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers, teachers, builders, leaders and healers of men.” People all around are in disarray. They are, in Jesus’ words, “… harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd.” There’s, then, a need for an army of fishers and teachers and leaders and healers of men. To God, it is people who really count. People coming to God really matter to Him. And He’s looking for individuals who are ready to accept His invitation to follow Him so that He can make them fishers and winners of men. How will you respond to His invitation?

More than thirty years ago, I responded to His invitation and call to make use of everything that I have and I am in advancing what’s important to God - people brought to redemption, sanctification and spiritual maturity in Christ Jesus. A joy inexpressible fills my heart as I take this privilege of following Him and seeing Him make me a fisher of men. This joy is yours for the taking, too.
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