Old Watch MechanismStrategic alliances, partnerships and mergers are common business practices. Their intent is to create synergistic business relationships – where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Such arrangements can have significant impact on a market; even on an entire industry. One could argue that the key to the dominance of American business has been our ability to work together for the common good.

It could also be said that our decline has been the result of an insidious infestation of selfish, independent, and divisive motivations. We have lost the ideals represented by the morals and ethics of the common good. Capitalism is suffering from a self-inflicted disease.

I am hopeful that there are at least a few captains of industry working on the cure. I admit that it is far beyond my education and training. In fact, some might suggest that I keep out of the conversation until I am better qualified to offer a solution; and I tend to agree with them.

So, instead of offering my own opinion, let me suggest a solution from Someone with far more wisdom.

[Jesus prayed] Father, I pray that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one. (John 17:21-22)

Christian businesses have the opportunity to participate in the Father’s answer to His Son’s prayer by overcoming the fears and failings of our current business culture, and intentionally seeking relationship with each other. In so doing, the glory of God will be manifested in their work (Matthew 5:16). This is the great hope of Marketplace Ministry.

Marketplace Ministry Tip: Seek out business relationships with God’s higher purpose in mind. Find a group of peer professionals that can help you grow spiritually as a Marketplace Leader. Invest in their lives; and allow them to invest in yours. These groups are currently up and running in our area. I would be blessed to help you get plugged in. Contact me at rob@inlightconsulting.com for more information.