I had a chance to travel 2-5 days every week for the better part of 10 years in my last job. I flew on a plane many times a year and encountered new people literally every week. Almost always, these new people would ask me, “So, what do you do?” Normally, this is not that major of a question, right? Problem was, as the years went by and I grew closer and closer to Jesus, a conviction in my heart began to burn. I realized the truth burning in me wanted to scream out the answer, “I am a sales rep but REALLY WHAT I DO IS LOVE JESUS WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL!”
Now, I realize that might be a little forward. But, to be honest, it is really what I did for a living. After I surrendered my whole life to Jesus, He really was the ONE I was working for. However, for 8 of those 10 years, I sheepishly repeated the same line over and over and over. “I am a sales rep for ___, I sell building materials and blah blah blah..” I knew that’s what they were asking for but, that wasn’t what I really lived for, and it wasn’t what or whom I actually worked for. Have you ever thought about that?
HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THAT?
Sometimes I think about Peter and how he denied Christ three times. Most of us have all heard how Jesus told Peter that he was going to deny Jesus 3 times before the rooster crows. For most of us, we look at that story and think about how terrible it is to deny the very Savior he claimed to love. But like Peter, when confronted that I was ashamed of Jesus, my heart wept.
But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. - Luke 22:60-62
ARE YOU PROUD OF FOLLOWING JESUS?
This reality hit me one day when I was the one who asked the question, “So, what do you do?” to a lady at a work function. I’ll never forget her answer, “Well, I used to be just an Administrative Assistant, but now, I am a Mom of a 1 year old who also works.” It kind of struck me. Why is it ok for her to say she is a mom and yet I can’t say, “Well, I used to be just a sales rep, but now I am a Disciple of Jesus who also works.”? Am I less proud of following Jesus than she is at being a mom? Was her being a mom any less pertinent information to answering the question? Has culture and “etiquette” told us that sharing about being a mom is OK but sharing that you love Jesus is not?
SO, WHAT DO YOU DO?
It was very unpopular at that time for Peter to admit he followed Jesus. Maybe like me, until you encountered this truth, you have been avoiding being honest about ultimately who it is you are really living for and what you actually do for a “living.” Remember, Peter was given a second chance and became the bold and courageous man of God he was designed to be as a missionary throughout Acts. Like Peter, you will be asked a pointed question. Therefore we must ask ourselves the following question: What are you going to say the next time someone asks, “So, what do you do?”