This is part of a series called “Devotionals.”
“Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears.” (Joel 3:9-10)
I’ve never read this passage before, but really like it. Thank you, Marketplace Leaders devotional. God speaks through you guys =)
Serving God’s kingdom doesn’t just take place on the mission field for two weeks in another country; or only on Sundays during church service. It doesn’t just take place on your spare time or your spare change.
It happens where you spend most of your day – in the workplace.
Plowshares and pruning hooks are what farmers use to do their work; and while those tools could stay ordinary, functional, and tangible – God can transform them into extraordinary weapons that defeat mediocrity, earthly provision and possession, and purposelessness.
They can be used to fight unseen forces, acquire treasure that last forever into eternity, inspire others, and win others for Christ.
This isn’t an isolated event, either. I’m reminded in other parts of the Bible that God used Moses’ shepherding staff to exhibit God’s power when leading the Israelites out of captivity. Or David’s sling – which was used to ward off animals that threatened his flock – that was used to defeat the Philistines and save his nation. There are plenty more examples.
God works where you work. What a coincidence #sarcasm
What does that look like in my world of restaurant, entrepreneurship, advisory, and nonprofit work?
For me – It’s conducting business with full integrity; loving people and using money and NOT the other way around; tithing at least 10% of the income I receive back to the Lord; writing on my blog and posting on my social media platforms; speaking up against business injustices – sexual harassment, embezzlement, unethical practices, etc; inspiring others and speaking God into their lives when mentoring; and understanding that while I may be the president or partner or senior director at the various companies I work at – God is the true Chairman of the Board, CEO, 100% shareholder, employer, and advisor…and to work accordingly.
Hope this fuels your work day with renewed sense of purpose and power.