Marketplace Devotion 2016/08/14

Discovering mission at work: Scripture

Psalm 119:18

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. (Psalm 119:18 ESV)

Open my eyes so I can see what you show me of your miracle-wonders. (The Message)

I have the privilege of knowing two marketplace warriors. One is a businessman operating in a country that tries to restrict the gospel. He runs a factory that employs several thousand workers. The other works for a public institution in Canada, faithfully serving her clients for well over twenty years.

The businessman is passionate about the gospel. He’s gone to great lengths to preach the Word and share his faith, while channeling profits back to improving the lives of his employees. The public worker is equally on fire for Jesus. Apart from her faithful service in the institution, she’s committed most of her vacation days to traveling the world in search of overseas Chinese and sharing the gospel. Two people, two roles and two missions, but serving the same Lord and preaching the same gospel. The same Holy Spirit moves them, and the same scriptures serve as the foundation of their calling.

The two may have vastly different prayer and devotional habits. Indeed, if you asked another hundred marketplace Christians about theirs, you would likely get a hundred different answers, because our Father loves to speak to each of His children individually according to her upbringing, personality and circumstances. Jesus says “not one dot shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18), but it’s up to him to show us how to live out the Law in our workplaces, so that others may see the wondrous works of God. Our responsibility is to read the scriptures faithfully and to meditate on them, night and day, as God draws us closer.

Discover your mission at work: pray without ceasing, and believe that our Father still speaks to us through the Bible.

Practice:

  1. For this week’s devotion, turn to your favorite gospel. Don’t go to reference books. Just read your Bible by faith.
  2. Start each session in prayer. Ask for insight. Us Ps 119:18 and Ephesians 1:17-18 as your prayers.
  3. Ask God: “What are you trying to say to be in this passage?”
  4. Record what you receive along with your emotions. Try to write down prayers as you respond.

Prayer:

“Father, give me a grateful heart as I stand firm in my present position. Reveal your mission for me in the marketplace. Amen.”