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As It is in Heaven; Manifesting the Kingdom of God in the Marketplace

 

Oh, how I love the Word of God. I have been sitting here, agitated in my spirit because I cannot find space in my mind for anything other than children and chores. After sending them off for their nap, I decided to put on my earphones to catch my breath and dial home for refreshment. The song I have felt to listen to since this morning came back to mind so I pressed play and was immediately caught up in the spirit with the proclamation “It’s your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise to you only.” – ‘Great Are You Lord’ by Sons and Daughters.

 

I saw countless men and women, teaching, preaching, presenting, opening cases, closing deals, leading government and transforming lives. All standing faithfully in their calling, giving their all to be distinguished in the marketplace, not because they seek fortune or fame for themselves but, because they are men and women on a mission; God chose them before He created the foundations of the universe so that they could be present at such a time as this to represent Him in their sphere of influence. The marketplace has been lost and separated from God and He seeks reconciliation; He wants to be reintroduced to people, industries and economies so that He can share His good and perfect will for them; and He has appointed us, His sons and daughters, to share His mind, heart and plans so that He can manifest His Kingdom in the marketplace, as it is in Heaven.

 

This is the most noble calling, the very greatest honour that one can be bestowed; Jehovah God Himself, Creator of Heaven and Earth, The Eternal, Omnipotent God, sending us from pews to people, from bibles to boards so that we can take what He has taught and transformed us with to heal, restore and raise armies and altars that will come to know Him not only as God but, also King.

 

Isaiah 33:22 says “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King; it is He who will save us.”

 

We must therefore experience righteous and prosperous governance in every sphere of our lives. In the parable of the minas in Luke 19:13, Jesus says that the Kingdom of God is likened to a nobleman (God-Jesus) who has entrusted his servants (believing sons and daughters) with minas (gifts and talents) with which He wants us to “do business until [He] comes”.

 

God wants us to “be fruitful” with our gifts and talents in the marketplace, “multiply” our influence for the Kingdom of God, “subdue” any other power and influence that is not of God and not good for people and nations and “have dominion” – taking over rulership, that is, getting into positions that influence decision-making in favour of people and nations, according to God’s original plan for heaven and earth (Genesis 1:28, Mathew 18:18).

 

You see, God is sticking to His original plan to bring heaven to earth through mankind (Mathew 6:10). He wants “the knowledge of the glory of God to fill the earth like the waters fill the seas.” (Habakkuk 2:14). The only way the world can know God as a righteous ruler is if we get into positions of leadership and govern righteously according to His word and will. The only way economies can know God as a generous provider is when we get into positions to influence policies, laws, regulations and the implementation of plans that are relevant, inclusive and equitable; engaging in enterprise to do well but, most importantly, to do good. People will only accept Christ as savior and redeemer when our feet travel to reach the lost, our arms extend to embrace the needy and our hearts open to whatever touches His (Isaiah 33:22, 61:1-11).

 

So, whatever industry you are in; whether it be education or entertainment; military or medicine; agriculture or aeronautics; know who and whose you are, why God has given you the passion you have for your field and work to develop and apply yourself so that you can grow in competence and influence – with your purpose and posture fixed to this proclamation “may your Kingdom come, may Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mathew 6:9,10). And as you commit to focus on the cause of Christ by “dying unto self, daily” so that He may increase and you decrease, stewarding your character, professionalism, time and the people and resources God has entrusted you with; giving your all not as unto man but “as unto the Lord”, He will reward your faithfulness in a little, with rulership of even more as you so that you may continue to “do business” and manifest His Kingdom in the marketplace “until [He] comes”. (Luke 9:23, Romans 12:1-2, John 3:30, Galatians 6:1, Colossians 3:23, Luke 16:10, 19:14, Mathew 6:9,10,33).

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