No – let me rephrase that.
Tom and I are serial- entrepreneurs!
We love building businesses…it’s natural, it’s fun, it’s what we do.
We know that we’re not only gifted, blessed and “wired” for this work . But, we also know – WITH CERTAINTY – that this is exactly what God has called us to do for His kingdom!!!
Your Kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
So – let me ask:
Do you know what you are wired and called to do for God’s Kingdom?
Maybe you just aren’t sure how to make it happen?
Or like many…you find yourself stuck in a 9-5 job?
Perhaps you find yourself wishing you could be on mission for God rather than working for a living?
Or…maybe you are engaged in work that you love?
Yet you find yourself parking God at the door of your business rather than inviting Him in?
Until Identity and Destiny – every business we built was secular in nature. God was over here in our “private lives”…and work was over there on the other side of life. Separate and distinct – with no clear understanding of how the two could come together.
Sound familiar? Don’t feel alone. That is the case for the vast majority of Christians in today’s world.
But here’s what we’ve learned:
Only about 2% of Christians are truly called to be pastors. That leaves a whopping 98% of us. But does that mean the rest of us are simply not called?
As c12 founder Buck Jacobs says,
“There are not two class of Christians. The call of God to be a pastor or missionary is no more holy than the call of God to be president of a company or a janitor. The position doesn’t define it’s holiness, it is the call of God that defines it. What and who he calls is the measure, not the title.”
God belongs not just in your church and your volunteer work in missions. He belongs not just in your homes, families and small groups. God belongs in every area of your life – and that includes your work. In fact we would say…especially your work!
The 98% of us who are not called to be pastors are therefore called to some other kind of work.
Does that mean we can’t have a big impact for the Kingdom. Does that mean we cannot influence the world for Christ?
For some, we are called to be influencers right in our own back yard. We are called stay home, raise our children, home school or care for aging parents.
But for most of us we are called to work outside the home. We are called to be influencers in business, government, communications, education, entertainment, finance or the arts. We are called to take our lives and make them count for the expansion of God’s Kingdom in everything we do.
How about you?
Is this resonating with you?
Is it convicting you?
Is it making you curious, excited or hopeful that it is actually God’s will for you to be right where you are and still be able to make an impact?
If you are ready to bring your life, your work and your love for God all together; if you want to learn a lot more about what it means to fully integrate who you are – what you do – and the call God has on your life…keep reading.
The power and importance of marketplace ministry is going to be the focus of this blog going forward.
And it’s not going to be a lot of theory…it is going to be practical – real life stuff!!!
I hope you will comment, engage and share your stories.
I am asking – and praying – that this blog become a dialogue rather than a monologue. I want this to be a gathering place for those who want to be influencers in the marketplace. Let’s inspire, encourage and support each other in this call of God to “GO”!
And for us…it is into the marketplace.
Will you join me???
Give me a quick post and let me know you are on board…even if it is just to let me know you are trying to figure out what this is all about.
Come – let’s journey together!