I had the opportunity to go visit with a friend of mine who owns a business this morning and we spent nearly two hours walking, talking, dreaming, praying over his business, equipment and staff – and that got me thinking about how God can be glorified in a for-profit business.
Marketplace Ministry is a buzz word in the Christian Community, but what does it really mean? Is it finding ways of doing ministry while in the secular marketplace? Is it working a for-profit business in order to fund a non-profit organization. Is it working your job faithfully from 9-5 with the goal of evangelizing your coworkers by your lifestyle commitment to Christ and your work ethic to your employer? Perhaps it can be all of those things to some degree when we remember that Jesus called us to be “the light of the world”.
Listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
If Christ is the ‘Light of the World’ and we claim to have Him in our lives then it must make a difference in the way we live. He (our Light) lives in us and must be seen in our actions, heard in our words, revealed in our attitudes and displayed before men in our lives.
Lets be honest this morning – for many people who claim to be followers of Christ very little light shines out of them. Ask yourself ‘Is it light that is revealed in my life?’ ‘What does your life say about the Christ you claim to know and love?’
‘What does your attitude, your words, your actions reveal about Jesus the ‘Light of the World?’