Becoming a Marketplace Minister
Most people spend forty, sixty, or even eighty hours a week at work.
That’s more time than they spend at home and definitely more time than they spend at church!
This post was written by Charis Business School alumni and former NFL player, Lorenzo Bromell.
That gives us, as marketplace ministers, both the opportunity and responsibility to sow seeds of the Gospel into their lives.
“But God didn’t call me to minister,” some might say. He didn’t?
The Bible says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). It says that we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13). We can be fruitful. We can exercise dominion. We can disciple. We can help replicate Christ in others by doing our part to share the Gospel and letting the Holy Spirit do His part to convict and save (Rom. 10:14 and John 16:8).
It’s not our job to save people, but it is our job to be the light. And God has given all of us—pastors, businesspeople, missionaries, parents, etc.—the responsibility to sow the Gospel.
One way we can do that in the marketplace is by being successful. Whether we’re employees respecting our bosses’ time and money by using resources wisely and honoring our agreement to work as scheduled or employers treating people well and dealing fairly with clients, the things we do and say influence others’ opinions of God.
When we succeed God’s way, we become an advertisement for Him and “make his name known” (Is. 12:4, New International Reader’s Version).
If we are diligent to use the knowledge we’ve been given from God’s Word and through the testimony and example of godly leaders and we purpose to keep God first in everything we do, we won’t become distracted or discouraged by the mundane things of life and work.
We will become His ministers in the marketplace, in the church, at home, and in every other area of life. We will become the church He created us to be.