Marketplace

My husband Sam and I are blessed with a successful business and we are in weekly contact with hundreds of people who work with us.

Just recently on a day that is set aside for training, the leaders in our office switched it up and to our surprise created a day of honor for my husband and me.

They sat us in chairs in the front of the room.  In a crowd of 100+ people, they opened the floor for people to come up, one after another, take the mic and bless us with their words.

Obviously, for me the tears began to stream as person after person told of the personal impact that we have had on their lives.

They didn’t talk so much about the fact that we have showed them how to have a successful business, although we train on that consistently.  No one talked about the unbelievable amount of money they make because they are in business with us.

But people spoke more about how their marriages are still together because of us, and about the times we visited them in the hospitals when their children were born.  They spoke of times we came to see them when they were sick in the hospital. Some talked of the word or words that meant so much at just the right time when they needed them the most. So many said they were better people because of us.  Others talked about the fact that they know we cover them in prayer and how much that meant to them. More than once we were praised for our unashamed declaration that Jesus Christ is Lord and all the Glory goes to Him.

Now understand, I am not sharing this to brag or make my husband and me look good but there is a point to all of this. You see, Sam and I have made it our personal mission to deliberately show the love of Christ and to proclaim his goodness at all times.   We have often been called pastors because we take our Marketplace ministry so seriously.  Yes, our marketplace ministry.  The ministry that lives beyond the sanctuary we attend.  This ministry lives beyond Sunday morning.

I was so thankful to God because I know that he had everything to do with that day for me and Sam. For me, it was a kiss from heaven.  I felt it was HIS way of saying it wasn’t in vain and HE is pleased.

You see, Sam and I have decided that we will do ministry in the marketplace. We live out Christ everyday of the week and never pass an opportunity to be his voice, hands and feet. We never pass an opportunity to give him glory.  Hearing the impact of many instances we didn’t even remember doing but TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

That is exactly what He calls us all to do.  Spreading the love of Christ will draw people to Him.

We are all around people that may never step in a church.  Some people may never read a Bible.  We have to walk out our lives in such a way they will see the Christ in you. I want people to see the Jesus in me. I want to make a difference in the lives of the people God has placed in my path.

It isn’t because you walk around quoting scriptures and things like that or acting super holy or better than those around you. It is a lifestyle.  It is through the kindness, the forgiveness, the hugs, the silent and secret prayers, the love, the sharing and giving.

I give God all the Glory because I know He used me and Sam to be a blessing to all those people.  That is such an honor in itself.  We are being used by God!  I love it!!

We will continue to be the light Christ has called us to be.  Make the decision that you too will let your light shine and together we will change the world.

Matthew 5:14-16

““You are the light that shines for the world to see. You are like a city built on a hill that cannot be hidden. People don’t hide a lamp under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand. Then the light shines for everyone in the house. In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16 ERV

http://bible.com/406/mat.5.14-16.erv

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