Ministry in the Marketplace, Inc.
Your significance is not found in the kind of work you do
For many decades now America has been marked by an identity crisis. People in a state of disorientation are looking desperately for a sense of self-worth and purpose. The proliferation of women in the marketplace is a vivid example of this phenomenon. Not infrequently the argument is heard that the home does not produce an environment conducive to a sense of self-worth.
Women want more out of life than dishes and diapers. Men have all the fun. It is competing in the marketplace that gives challenge to living. To exercise one’s gifts in the context of a vocation is to sense one’s significance.
This is one of the great lies of our age!
Significance and a sense of personal worth are found in a person’s relationship with God. In Jeremiah 9:23-24 God identifies three areas in which people look for significance: wealth, wisdom, and power. The world defines greatness in terms of these three factors. People are led to believe that they are important to the degree that they excel in one or more of them. In the economy of God, however, one is able to boast not in any of them but solely in the fact that he knows and understands God.
People are not significant because they got their PhD, reached the top of the corporate ladder, or achieved any one of a thousand worldly standards of success. Such things Paul called “dung” (Philippians 3:8). God’s children are significant because they are created in the image of God. He has simply declared them to be of eternal worth. He has made them “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17).
In the Bible, Joseph was as significant in God’s economy when in prison as when prime minister of Egypt. Moses was as significant during the second forty years of his life in the desert region of Midian as in his last forty years as God’s
deliverer. Significance is not to be found in the kind of work one does, nor in the gifts he has, but in being part of the family of God.