What can a religious guy offer a business guy like me?

“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.

And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.”

Luke‬ ‭5:1-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The fishermen (small business guys) are working hard, despite a disappointing night. In the distance the religious are following this new holy wise man around, listening to every word he utters.

The workers (fishermen) are not happy, after failing to meet the sales quota the night before. Imagine …. possibly owing money on the boats, worried about nets lasting, no fish means no money to pay debts and feed family and tired having worked all night. Too tired for religion, probably falling asleep in the sermon!

What can a religious guy offer a business guy like me?

Though the workers are stressed, the holy man Jesus steps into the boat wanting to use business assets for church purposes. He asks to be taken out from the shore so he can continue his sermon.

You can imagine the thoughts, “I’m busy, I’ve got work to do. This boat is for work, not idle chatter.”

Jesus, a carpenter, then tells Simon how to run the business – “throw the nets out again.” Simon knows his business – you don’t fish in the middle of the day and there are no fish, having tried unsuccessfully all night.

We can fall into the trap of believing faith has nothing to offer the world of work. In the everyday, work is about logic, faith is about dealing with the unknown. Most do not get paid for that.

But to leave Jesus out of our business world is to miss out on an abundant blessing. Jesus entered Simon’s world of work and his work was blessed, his life was turned upside down, and the salt and light effect drew others to what God was doing in Simon’s life.

Simon was humbled to see God’s gracious and abundant blessing pour over him. It’s that humility which helps us be most available to God, so the mission can be blessed and God be glorified.

Jesus wants you to invite Him into your “boat”. What business or work circumstance do you need Jesus to step into – into your boat – to bring significant blessing, calm the storms of business or take your business to a new place?

Liam Glover is the director of Arrow Leadership and resides in Melbourne, Australia.


Quick take: We see in this passage, Jesus is a gentleman and politely asked Simon (later renamed by Jesus, Peter – the Apostle) to help Him by using his boat, though He could have walked out and stood on the water. Apparently, Jesus preferred co-operation and enjoys teamwork in that instance.

Peter complied and obeyed though it didn’t seem logical. Sometimes we just need faith and to trust God when He calls upon us. God’s gives us free will to make many decisions but not their consequences. In this case, big time abundance came AFTER Peter and his crew’s obedience.

Peter said, “nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” Then he DID it.

What might God be asking you?

What will you say and do…nevertheless at Your word I will _______.

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