At many instances in life, even after having done a ‘lot of things” in the day, at the end of the day, I have felt empty and useless. By the end of the day I feel all lost and my life out of grip even after doing assignments, reading research papers, submissions, classes etc. I often feel desperate and put down when all my manual works doesn’t produce the required fruit. Then I have this random habit of forcing myself to sleep for some time. But it can only refresh my mind until the turmoil of life hits me again as I regain my heavy feelings. Then I have to stop all my business and really think, ‘What is wrong with my life?’
In these moments of life, there is a verse that God often reminds me,
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” – Colossians 3:23
So, this kept me thinking, what is the root cause of all these emptiness?
Then I realized that the main issue is that I am doing my work for the sake of completion, to please my professors or boss, to seek material blessings, promotions etc. I am not doing it for the Lord! So this new perception of doing everything for the Lord totally changed the idea of the situation. And on understanding further I realized that this new perception comes with an extra baggage of gift hamper which says that nothing I do for the Lord is ever useless.
“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”- 1 Corinthians 15:58
So, I don’t have to feel lost and useless anymore because Christ has promised me that if I do anything for the Lord it is never in vain! All I have to do is just let Jesus climb into my boat. This same feeling of getting nothing even after a lot of work was experienced by the disciples as we read in John 21:1-14.
“’ 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”
They answered Him, “No.”
6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.”
After Jesus started directing their work,, there was an instant change in their situation from nothingness to a ‘big catch’. So, the key factor is letting Jesus into your boat and following His advice. He knows our day’s efforts and He will guide us exactly where to throw the net and what to do at the right time.
So often we feel lost because we don’t let Jesus into our boat on all our fishing exercises and sometimes we try to do it alone. And that’s exactly when I feel my work heavy on me. But the moment I realize that Jesus is in my boat and that He will take care of my boat no matter how strong the winds and waves lash against me, I can sleep peacefully with content in my heart about the day.
But sometimes we may not be able to see the fruit of our efforts at a fast rate. That’s when ‘faith’ comes into action and we see the fruits in faith and keep rowing the boat because the one has promised that nothing will go useless is faithful and He will never ever fail us.
Let us let Jesus into our boat and do everything as for the Lord and experience the change in our life.
Keep rowing your boat with Jesus beside you…
God bless you…