Reach OutWe live in a conditional world. Our lives are filled with a continual rush of “if this, then that”. Conditions are so much a part of our lives that we don’t notice most of them. Others require more of our attention:  If we pay our bills, then our utilities will stay on. If we treat customers with respect and give them a fair deal, they will return and recommend us to others. If we hire good people, good work will get done.

God made the world this way; including our relationship with Him. From the Old Covenant to the New, God’s favor is conditional (e.g., if we love Him, we will obey Him; and He will come and dwell with us). This is the way God relates to His children – even those in the Marketplace. The wise business man or woman recognizes this fact, responds accordingly, and prospers in the kingdom of God.

So, do you need a breakthrough in your business? Are you looking for God to show up and “do something”? Have you ever asked yourself, “What do I have to do to make this thing work?” Are you still waiting on God to give you the desire He put in your heart?

I believe I have the answer for you – at least a big part of it – in these three simple steps (notice I didn’t say easy):

  1. Surrender: Psalm 37:4 encourages us to delight ourselves in the LORD, and He will give us the desires of your heart”. The Hebrew word translated here as “delight” means “to be soft” (like clay in the Potter’s hand). Our being soft (i.e., surrendered) is a condition for the desires of our heart becoming a reality.
  2. Consecrate: Before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, they had to consecrate themselves. Before God would enter the Temple, He required that it be consecrated (set apart for His use). The same is true for those that served Him there. The promises of God, and God using us in business, are conditional on our being set apart for His use.
  3. Submit to His Ways: God is working in us to will and do to His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13); to give us His kingdom, beginning in this life (Luke 12:32). He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20).

Marketplace Ministry Tip: As with most things in the world and in God’s kingdom, these three simple steps take practice. Don’t become discouraged. Keep seeking the LORD, and you will find Him. He is too big to miss. His strength will be sufficient for your needs. Please contact me (rob@inlightconsulting.com) if I can help you better understand and take these necessary steps.

Humbly yours and His forever,