by Sheril Johnson
Dynamics of society is forcing change within, causing shifts in how we buy and sell products locally and globally. Perhaps it is the shifting of these unseen plates of business that appears to be directing the flow and forcing the common marketplace experience into rather a shopping trepidation.
All too common are the rushing thoughts piercing our palettes as we appear to be burdened by the expedited process of buying an item and the frenzy of wonder as a merchant prepares the quarter year for what may be the key to their success. When the reality of our view is being thrust into a dark cloud rather than enjoying our experiences, because lost in this tunnel of pale overview is common value and quality of life.
Economy has been a driving force in this escapade of delivery and demand, there’s an alternative rare to our existence using the protocol of God and the applications of His Kingdom, illuminating the principles, the resources of Heaven and Gods great love for man.
Returning to the beginning of Creation will bring us to remembrance of why we exist, to fulfill Gods plan by being in fellowship with Him and taking dominion on the earth.
Genesis1:1,2,26-28. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…vs. 26, Then God said,”Let us make man in Our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. ‘So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him: male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply: fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”(NKJV)
Since the fall of man–due to compromise and sin–Jesus came to restore us to our original position of authority and complete our identity in and through Him. This shown so readily in Romans 5:17, “For by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they that receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” (NKJV) And also in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”(NKJV)
We often receive false impression from our wrong decisions as they turn our view, to the seemingly ‘reality’ of our souls. When we review the consequences, or the wages of the sin, we look through the lenses of false interpretation. This conceals the reality of what Jesus did for us at the cross and when He rent the veil along with the power restored to us through His resurrection. The non renewal of our mind, holds us captive until we decide to believe and look through the lens of our new created being, resuming original position and authority over every living thing.
Ephesians 4:20-24, But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.(NKJV)
The identity we chose to live in is the strength to our advancing the Kingdom of God on the Earth. Marketplace business is key to restoring the fullness of Gods intent. By renewing ourselves to our original design, restoration takes hold of not only who we are, but of who we relate to; family, business, arts, media, education, health care, and government. The very building blocks of our society will be impacted. Therefore, let’s be in right alignment with God and restore all things to its original condition. We do this as we pattern after our Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:9-13, “This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen (NKJV)
As we transact in our business dealings with our employees, by looking through the lens of “As it is in heaven”, so shall it be in my life! I’ve found it to be more productive! The employees receive value instead of a dictatorial view from management, thus doing more than asked of them and with an attitude of gratitude!
While maintaining the kingdom attitude, our business gives us the ability to function amongst people in our communities spreading our garden of influence as believers. Whether you’re purchasing or selling, you have the ability to create Heaven on earth by living from your position Jesus made for us in heaven. Leaving a deposit from heaven as you conduct your business is a direct result from having spent time with our Father, meditating on His attributes and the life He creates…As it is in heaven! Here’s where the chaff is separated from the wheat, or the believers from the religious. Its one thing to know God; another to know about Him.
Ephesians 2:6, And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus ;(NKJV)
2 Timothy 2:12, If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. (NKJV)
Do you reflect honor and value that stems from your life as a believer or is your lens dull from lack of commitment, giving only the shadow of your understanding rather than the light of His resolution to restore all things unto Himself? Ones standard as a believer is not based on the way the world lives or how it conducts itself regarding business. The standard we are to live out in business is not based on the economy of this world or the experiences we live amongst that try to dominate us. It is in fact the fabric of His love. God is love.
1John 4:8, The one who does not love, does not know God, because God is love. (HCSB)
Jesus and heaven are our standard. Being renewed and restored ourselves to the very place when we were thought of by our Creator is our inheritance. Promoting these qualities in business amongst the chaos we experience in the world around us, can only be transacted by heaven and God Himself, through the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony which constitutes victory. This inheritance grants us to do business from a playing field in heaven as we live on earth, by executing the way God does things in heaven we can be assured we shall flourish in business. Jesus paid the price for us to live in His glory and conduct business with His presence radiating through us to those around us, causing them to be encouraged by the light stemming from us as believers, having spent time in His presence living out His Kingdom according to His view and standards.
Honor is defined by Webster as high moral standards of behavior. Honoring those we deal with whether an employee or an employer, whether they believe as we do or not, this is our living sacrifice manifesting on the earth. As a pioneer to this concept query, we will learn to live beyond our abilities with His attributes coming through us, when we understand He is made strong in our weakness. By being His extension piece to those around us, He equips us for the challenge. When difficulty arises and when we know it is an act of obedience, we walk through, knowing it is definitely God and we are but a conduit for Him to work through. Frame up your life, patterned after the kingdom, know your identity as royalty from the King of kings, and live from the tree of life instead of the tree of knowledge where intellect and reason pattern their identification, then you will be satisfied and successful in all your business matters. Value, Value, Value!
Proverbs 29:2, When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan. (NKJV)
Perhaps the unseen truth here is the catapult that brings transformation to a decaying World.
As a believer knowing our identity, having a good foundation on God’s word and realizing the time we live in, will propel Gods plan for His people. These understandings aide us in carrying out kingdom business, to live out our destiny as Gods people on the Earth. Enforcing restoration by Jesus living through us will create a portal for our Father and Jesus to operate in as we live on the Earth.