Marketplace ministry is quite the buzzword these days. It is both a mission field where the church traditionally has difficulty in reaching, and also the means through which many believe will the gospel return to Israel in order to fulfil the end times condition.
My own observation and theory is that although there is no shortage of good intentions from marketplace Christians to put their faith into practice during business hours, there is often much fear in holding them back to fully implement God’s word in their work environment.
Such fear stems from faulty theology in provision, which coincidentally also underpins another important spiritual discipline – stewardship. In a nutshell, it has to do with how we manifest our role as stewards, not owners, of whatever resources that God has placed in our hands, including wealth which He has enabled us to generate.
Let’s be absolutely clear about this: if you incorrectly view your ultimate source of provision as anyone or anything apart from Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides, you are going to be afraid of not having enough or running out (of money in particular), and therefore you will hold back.
Holding back can take many forms. It can stop you from being generous with your time, talent and treasure (thereby hampering your stewardship); it can also stop you from “taking risk” in living out biblical teaching and calling at your workplace in fear of tilting the apple cart of income provision.
In Matthew 6:24, Jesus said “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” To paraphrase Matthew 6:33, choose to serve God, and all else will be provided to you also.