Read: Colossians 3:17

If you want God to bless your life, invite him to be part of your life.  Yesterday we discussed the story of Simon Peter and Andrew from Luke 5. They had gone all night without catching a single fish. But then Jesus got into their boat and they did what he told them to do—“Let down the nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4 NIV)—and God did the rest. They caught so many fish that their nets began to break, and they needed extra help to bring the load in.

What was different between the period of time when they couldn’t catch anything and the moment when they had too much fish to handle? It was the same lake, the same boat, the same nets, the same fishermen, and the same fish. The difference between empty nets and abundance was Jesus’ presence in the boat. It was a game-changer. They were no longer fishing by themselves. God was in their boat.

Think of your boat as whatever you do in your life.  If you want God to bless you, invite him into your boat.  This isn’t about salvation or just saying a one time prayer but actually asking Jesus to live in you and through on a daily basis.  When Simon Peter and Andrew did this, God gave them more fish than they could handle. How did they go from nothing to abundance? They let Jesus use their boat as a platform for his ministry.

You don’t pray that God will make you a success so you can serve him with your success. You do the opposite. You tell God, “I want to give you my job, life or whatever you value. You can use whatever I have as a platform for you to work.”

That’s when God does a miracle.  Whatever you want God to bless, give him first place in it. That means you’re no longer a real estate agent, a teacher, a landscaper, or an accountant. You’re a missionary who happens to work as a real estate agent, a teacher, a landscaper, or an accountant. Regardless of what your career is, make the commitment that you’re a missionary first.  Maybe you’re in a rut right now and really struggling. Whatever is going on, do this first: Ask Jesus to take control of your boat. Commit to using your work for God’s glory.

Then watch Jesus do a miracle.