Bird CageMost business owners and executives find their life’s purpose in their profession. While this seems acceptable (even honorable), it is a limited and inhibiting perspective. We need to turn this thinking inside-out.

I pray that you, your family, and your business are well and well blessed, in 2014. I hope that you will discover your purpose in the desire of your heart and God’s assignment for you and your business.  My desire, and the purpose of inLight Consulting, is for Marketplace Leaders to find joyful, Spirit-filled ministry in all areas of their lives. This relates to business in a profound and powerful way. Let me explain.

One of the primary reasons so many Marketplace Leaders are unhappy in their profession is because their full purpose in life has been constrained – is being held captive – by the way they allow it to define them.  Work is where we spend most of our waking hours; and many subconsciously allow “time invested” to become the primary measure of what is important.  We all know there are other – even more important – areas of our life, but they just don’t get the attention they deserve (and we want to give them).

For the Christian in the Marketplace, this is particularly problematic; for our purpose in life is much grander than our profession.  Our purpose generates the good work God determined for us to walk in (Ephesians 2:10). God’s good work are our eternal assignments for His kingdom and glory.  It is not healthy to allow the things of this world to control and oppress the things of eternity. It limits our imagination and the potential for exceedingly, abundantly greater things (Ephesians 3:20).

Marketplace Ministry Tip: Intentionally set aside, in your mind, what your business or profession defines as your purpose. Step back and consider your life in the broadest context possible. Include your heart’s desires, your relationships and burdens for others, and your gifts and talents. Consider your responsibilities as a disciple maker and transformation agent. What does all this say about God’s purpose and ministry for you, in this season of your life?

Now, put your business or profession back in the picture – inside tGod’s BIG picture for your life. Ask yourself, “How does this serve the grander purposes of my life?” Better yet, ask God that question. I believe you will find yourself suddenly excited about your newfound freedom. Let me know if I can be of assistance.

Your servant and His forever,