In this edition, we are going to look at the importance of using your God-given spiritual gifts in the marketplace. If there is a first step in finding your calling, purpose, sphere in the marketplace, or passion, it is to discover your spiritual gifts, natural talents, and personality type or your wiring.
One of the most important concepts for you as a modern day Joseph to understand is that you have a ministry gift that God has placed in you. This ministry gift will be one or more of the five-fold ministry gifts in Ephesians 4:11.
1. Have you considered the fact that you could be a marketplace apostle?
Let me ask it this way…Do you feel that you have been sent by God as a ministry or missionary to a people group in the marketplace instead of the local church? You may never plant a local church, but you could start a Kingdom Business or become a father or mother in a sphere or industry.
2. What about pondering whether you might be a prophet to an industry?
Said another way, does God give you supernatural insights or a heads up before changes occur in your place of business or your job? What about picking the winning and losers in an industry or product line with consistency? Are you called to speak against injustice or stand for truth in your industry?
3. Could you possibly be a pastor on your job or business you own?
Do you find yourself caring for people’s souls on your job or in your place of business? Do you go above and beyond to take care of your people? You may just be a pastor in the marketplace. Don’t worry. You don’t need a church building because you go to your congregation everytime you go to the marketplace. Shepherd them well.
4. Maybe you are called as an evangelist to reach a lost people group in downtown?
Are you burning to shine a light in a dark place in the business world? Do you see great potential in those around you on your job, but other church people would say that they are far gone and past the point of no return? Burning for souls is definitely the call of an evangelist. Get out of the church building, and go after them in the marketplace.
5. I know that there are plenty of teachers out in the marketplace that are currently training and mentoring people. Have you considered that you aren’t just a skillful trainer, but you are actually gifted by the Lord to impart understanding to others and make complex concepts seem simple.
Discover your five-fold ministry gift by reading over Ephesians 4:11 and I Corinthians 12 and ponder these service related functions. What are you currently functioning as in the marketplace? Begin to study the implications of five-fold ministry in the church and learn to apply it to the marketplace. Stay tuned to Joseph’s Mantle because we will be conducting a monthly training in our membership level one for $9.95/month on spiritual gifts, natural talents, and personality types.
I encourage you to sign up for the training and discover your gifts and start developing them.
Called to the Marketplace,
Author ~ Speaker ~ Coach