As believers, we are not to be in the marketplace for the sake of going with the crowd. Jesus did not just go with the crowd; he interacted with them who were drawn to him because he had a purpose. He had a message to share.
The church—the body of Christ—is the steward of the marketplace. The role of the church is to minister and to serve the marketplace so that through her, the people of the world can experience the love of Jesus. How can the church be a steward?
Stewardship is a lifestyle of someone who accepts Christ. A steward is someone who accepts Christ’s lordship, walks in lordship, walks in partnership with God, and acts as His agent to manage His affairs on earth. Moreover, a steward does not own anything. The master places whatever is important under the stewards’ responsibility. The steward is accountable to the master for how he or she will manage for what was put in his or her care.
The marketplace is part of God’s dominion, and He is very much concerned with it. The heart of Jesus must be the heart of every believer. Jesus had great compassion for the lost. During his ministry on earth, Jesus gave them spiritual and physical nourishment. On a personal note, how are we emulating Christ’s model of ministry in our lives today? Are we also concerned about the spiritual and physical well-being of those whom God placed in our sphere of influence?
35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:35-38)
Because we have experienced God’s love, we must allow this love to overflow and to be experienced by the world around us. As Christ’s disciples, we must walk, learn, and live in submission to a master in order to become like him or her. In short, our goal is ultimately, to serve God, and our desire is to be more like Jesus in our lives.
A number of parables show us Jesus’ heart for the lost. These include the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:4-7), the Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10), and the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-13). All these parables are about salvation and show us God’s kindness and the mercy. When those who are lost are found, much rejoicing ensues in the household of God (Luke 15:4-32).
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How are we to add value to the lives of the people we encounter in the marketplace for God’s glory?