“Marketplace and workplace mission is that passion that starts when God connects your job, your business, and your life purpose into one package. It is you doing your dream in the workplace with the purpose of having influence in people’s lives for Christ. -Frank Dimazio
How do we get to that point — the point where our work becomes a passion and where one of the major ways that we bring glory to Christ is through our job? I believe it begins with viewing your job, NOT simply as a secular place in which to make money to give to God’s work, but also as our mission field.
In God’s view, work is a sacred place and in fact, it’s the place He assigned us to in order to fulfill our part in His great plan of world evangelization. “But”, you say, “My work doesn’t seem sacred. It’s not preaching, teaching God’s Word or singing for Him. How is what I do at my job connected with God and what does He have to do with my job?” Those are great questions. Consider this and let me ask you a couple of questions: Is farming an honorable job? Sure it is. Now let me ask; Who was the very first farmer? Don’t answer too quickly…and don’t say “Adam”, because he was not the first farmer. God was the first farmer! God planted and created the Garden of Eden. He established all the plants, trees, fruits, vegetables, etc. Genesis 2:8 says, “…and the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden.” The first farmer was who? It was God.
But notice that Genesis 2:15 says, “And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Basically, God said “Adam, I planted this Garden…it’s mine, but I want you to care for it.” God is the owner, Adam was the manager and so it is with every job on this earth. We’re all managers in God’s world and that makes farming or any other honorable job a partnership with God.
As long as our work is honorable and not sinful, it is a sacred partnership with God and as such, it’s a huge part of our life’s purpose. Any work done for the Lord is the work of the Lord, and therefore every person who is saved is in full time Christian service. That includes what you do too! Colossians 3:23-24 says, “And whatever you do (put your job here), do it heartily as unto the Lord and not unto men.”
Does God honor it when I work for Him at my job? Verse 24 continues and says, “Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. For you serve the Lord Christ.” Your so-called secular job just became sacred! But the truth is, in God’s eyes, it’s always been sacred! You and I just need to see it as it already is and as God already sees it. Your job is nothing less than a partnership with God! Serve HIM on your job today by serving others with a full heart and working for His glory! And if others don’t really notice, don’t let it bother you too much because God notices! And remember, your WORK MATTERS! Have a blessed week on your mission field!
Working for Him,