Read: John 21:3
Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
I remember hearing my Dad quote Peter’s words from the King James Bible – “I go a fishing” – and just today I was thinking of Peter’s decision to return to his vocation when it seemed his opportunity to be involved with the ministry of Christ had ended.
This evening I found this perspective on Peter’s decision:
“Often Peter is criticized for returning to fishing, but there was a good and honorable reason that he did. While the disciples were with the Lord they were given food and shelter because they were His disciples. Now that the Lord was not with them, they had no means of support so they did the proper thing and return to their profession as fishermen.”
In the end, Peter did not return to the fishing business, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t value in honoring God with our vocations.
In Every Good Endeavor, Tim Keller writes that ”
our work can be a calling only if it is reimagined as a mission of service to something beyond merely our own interests. Thinking of work mainly as a means of self-fulfillment and self-realization slowly crushes a person.”
Now, back to my Dad. While Dad was a pastor of a couple of churches in his life, his most significant impact on the community may have been with the people he interacted with as a business owner where he practiced what he preached.
What do you think of the work you do? Is there an opportunity to do more than collect a paycheck? Can you imagine a way to make your work a good endeavor that honors God?