The true test of your walk with God is not necessarily determined by how involved or dedicated you are within the confines of your local church, noble as your service there may be.
Rather, the test may center in the rough and tumble climate of the “marketplace” where greed, seduction, power games, and Machiavellian pragmatism commonly prevail. It is into this environment that the Master Strategist has undoubtedly placed you to affect lives for His glory.
“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one… I… pray for those who will believe in Me through their word.” (John 17:15, 20)
If you happen to be a hands-on achiever who is bent on getting “results” (profit, efficiency, visibility, image, timing, etc.) you daily face the temptation of using people as pawns and bending ethical and moral absolutes.
In this high voltage setting of the marketplace, Jesus can easily be pushed into a servile role at the fringes of your operation, only to be called upon in moments of crisis.
If, in this environment you still entertain aspirations of fruitfulness among your colleagues, there needs to be a funeral.
“Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)
Only then will you be able to allow the very life of Christ to help you achieve your professional goals in a manner that is compatible with Biblical values.
One way many business and professional men and women rationalize their ineffectiveness at ministering in the marketplace is by busying themselves in service behind the less threatening walls of the church.
Ironically, the folks at work may see scant evidence in them of the life of Jesus, while the brethren at church may view them as dedicated saints!
QUESTION: How do you think your marketplace colleagues view you?