It’s Hard to Mix My Faith in the Marketplace
In order to bring a solution to this seemingly tough dilemma, one must understand the different worldviews by which an individual may live his or her life. In this post, we’ll discuss these worldviews and discover which one God wants us to operate in.
There are basically two worldviews: man-centered or God-centered. According to research, most Christians live their lives operating in both worldview perspectives. God calls this being lukewarm in Revelation 3:15. Too often, Christians appear to live their life according to the Bible at church, but at work or in business, show a more secular side.
How can the world know Christ if the reality of Christ is not being seen in the life of Christians in the workplace or business environment? If they don’t see God in you, then the people around you will look for God someplace else.
I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other. But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
Revelation 3:15 – 16 NLT
God wants His children to live their lives according to a Biblical worldview where He is the center in every decision. Jesus Christ is to be the totality of your reality in every aspect of your life. He wants to be seen by all through you. When you try to fit in with those on your job or in the business arena who are unsaved, they’ll think you are no different than they are, in their sinful lifestyle, and that God is not real because they don’t see the reality of Him in you. The result is devastating.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 NLT
A God centered worldview is living a committed life for Jesus by studying and applying the Scriptures and displaying God’s nature – love. Instead of focusing on a life of getting and pleasing oneself or others, the goal should be living a life of giving by offering our body as a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God. Living for Jesus means to base your moral choices on biblical principles, not on doing whatever feels right or comfortable in a situation.
Mix your faith with work and business by living a Christ-centered life in everything you do. You don’t have to preach all the time, just be the role model that demonstrates the character of Jesus. Your godly lifestyle will speak more to them than your words. When you are authentic in Christ around them, your words will carry more weight and they will respect what you have to say.
You might be persecuted, but stand strong for Christ anyway! You have all of heaven backing you up. Don’t look at or be intimidated by the personality, but deal with the principality. Know that they are operating from their sinful nature and they need God to deliver them.
Be a demonstration of God’s love and pray for the people around you. Live the life of Christ, listen for how He wants you to interact with them and let God do the rest!
In order for the Body of Christ to make a significant change in this world, the reality of Christ must be seen through serious God-fearing Christians in the marketplace.
It’s Time to Walk the Talk!
You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:13 – 14