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Side Hustle Luke 5:1-11

Side Hustle

Jesus offers the disciples a side hustle that turns into a lifelong commitment.


Meet a millennial, and chances are that he or she has a side hustle going. Maybe more than one. This demographic — which is staring at $1 trillion of student loan debt — needs several income streams such as Zazzle, Fiverr, Vayable, Tradesy and Rover to make ends meet. When Jesus invited some fishermen to follow him, do you think they thought this was a side hustle opportunity? Or did they realize from the start that Jesus was calling them to their life’s work?



For material based on today’s Old Testament text, see “Synesthesia Spirituality,” June 15, 2003, at


For an alternative idea pertaining to 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, see “No Paid Leave.”


Of all the disciples, the two who might be interested in a side hustle are Judas the Iscariot and — the other one?

Simon, of course. This is the Simon who was later known as Simon the Rock — Cephas in...

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