While some may think that “ministry jobs” only encompass the realm of pastors and missionaries, nothing could be further from the truth. As Henry and Richard Blackaby discuss in God in the Marketplace, your workplace, no matter where it may be, is your mission field.
Following God’s Lead
“Blackaby believes that just as Jesus had businessmen among His original disciples, so may God be calling out business people today in preparation for a worldwide spiritual revival. However, while those in the marketplace may have excellent educations and access to world-class leadership seminars, they often feel inadequate in matters of spiritual influence. God in the Marketplace will help them better understand what the Bible says about integrating their Christian faith with their work lives and provide biblical answers to the common yet difficult questions that are often raised for Christians at work.” -Amazon.
The key principal of this book is to follow God’s lead in every area of your life: family, church, and occupation. The beauty of God’s plan for each of our lives is that whether you are a janitor or a CEO, the Lord has placed a unique and intentional mission field before you. There are no jobs that are more important than other jobs if you are using your “mission field” to share the love of Jesus Christ.
This book would be valuable to:
- High-powered business people who love Jesus.
- Millennials entering the workplace who want to learn to balance faith and career.
- Anyone who is feeling a lack of meaning in their career.
- Professionals who are feeling morally taxed and challenged in their faith in the workplace.
Inviting God into Your Marketplace
How do you make any career a Christ-centered career? This books aims to answer this question. But there’s no need to wait. You can start putting Jesus first in your job today. Start here:
- Reach out to a coworker if you sense they are having a tough day.
- Go the extra mile. Colossians 3:23-24, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
- Show kindness and respect to even your most difficult coworkers.
- Refuse to participate in office gossip and “locker room talk.”
- Look for ways to serve the people around you, particularly when no one is looking.
- Do the humble tasks: clean out the office fridge, replace the toilet paper, tidy up, run that errand, etc. Don’t treat yourself like you’re “above” certain duties.
Don’t wait another moment before starting your ministry in the workplace. Be the hands and feet of Jesus starting today.