Never unemployed

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.

Pastor Daron Lindemann is pastor at a new mission start in Pflugerville, Texas. Previously he served in downtown Milwaukee and in Irmo, South Carolina. Daron has authored articles or series for Forward in Christmagazine, Preach the Word, and his own weekly Grace MEMO devotions. He lives in Texas with his wife, Cara, and has two adult sons.


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