The vast majority of the African church comprises marketplace people. They lead full, busy lives with 40 plus hours of work per week. Because they are necessarily less engaged in church activities, they have been traditionally viewed as less spiritual, causing them, often to feel as if they are second-class citizens in the kingdom of God.
This disenfranchisement of marketplace people has had many tragic effects upon the body of Christ. They find themselves spiritually bored and unsure of their gifts and callings. They lack a biblical understanding of how to blend passionate spirituality with their vocation. Most important, they have lost their sense of spiritual purpose and significance. This lack of vision has kept our marketplace people from taking their places of spiritual leadership and, as a result, the church remains unprepared for the crises in politics, economics, environmental and scientific issues are, in most cases, out of place for the church, while majority of her people are constantly engaged with these issues in their workplaces.
Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m so passionate for Jesus; I just have to go into business”?
Why don’t we hear that? Because, without ever saying so, most Christians believe that a marketplace vocation and passion for Jesus are manually exclusive. This is one of the greatest tragedies of Christianity, and it has robbed millions of people of their passion and purpose, and robbed the Son of His inheritance in us.
I could fulfill my passion for Jesus through being an engineer. Some professionals often come to me, heads hang in shame, fully convinced they are ministry rejects. Of course, God has not rejected them; they just have not realized they are marketplace Christians, not vocational ministers.
Brethren, each one is to remain with God in condition in which he was called (1 Cor. 7:20,24)
“Remain with God in that condition in which he was called.” God has no desire to take believers out of their arena of life and into a spiritual bunker where their faith is safe. Neither does he want us, simply, to endure our vocation with God. It is His strategy that we would stay where we are. There is no vocation in which we cannot fully experience God and fulfill a holy calling. Our goal and purpose are to find where we fit and pursue Him passionately and wholeheartedly from that place