The Mystery Of The Marketplace: Part 1 | INFEMI Sermon By Deaconess Mary Kamau

The Mystery Of The Marketplace (Part 1): Sermon By Deaconess Mary Kamau

Reference: Genesis Chapter 1 (ESV)

Everything came from God. All professions past, present and future were there in the beginning.

There are seven professional nations/gates namely: 

  1. Life-givers: These are the five-fold ministers and help ministers who do charity and benevolence work. It also includes professionals in the medical field.
  2. Business & Industry: Includes manufacturing, commerce and finance.
  3. Family: Professions such counselling and teaching touch on family. If the family is not OK then it affects the other gates.
  4. Government and Military: Entails leadership and governance.
  5. Sports: Includes anything requiring physical activity. Fitness trainers can be included in this gate.
  6. Arts, Media and Entertainment.
  7. Science, Technology and Education.

You need to ask yourself what you know about the gate you have been called to, where God wants to take the gate and what role you have to play at the gate.

Every industry has its genesis from God. If you do not see it this way, then our revelation of the gates will be skewed.

For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship]. 

Romans 8:19 AMPC

Manifestation of creation is not just for human beings but all that is created.

Man plays an integral role in these gates. Creation knows there is a place of manifestation it cannot attain to without man.

Dominion is governing the manifestation of creation.

There are organic and generic economies. The organic economy finds its source in God while generic has man as its source.

Kingdom business is God’s business and as such it is a family business. Only sons are able to run it.

We cannot operate in the same terms as those who are not believers.

God cares about the earth.

We should not be selfish with our mandate in the gates.

There is a difference between sons and children even in the marketplace. The distinction is in how you have grown and your ability to steward what is already yours. 

As God schools us, we need to let go of our idea that we know. We need to humble ourselves and lay down our certifications and learn from God.

Here are a few questions to ask ourselves in light of our role in the marketplace.

1. Who Are You In The Marketplace?

Who you are and what you do are two different things. We need to separate who we are from what we do.

When what you do is who you are then when a person rejects what you do it will translate to feeling rejected for who you are. 

You are the son of God doing exploits in the marketplace.

But the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God]. 

Daniel 11:32 [b] AMPC

When your identity is defined by God you will accept the changes and process that God will use to make you a son.

2. What Do You Do In The Marketplace?

Are you doing what society has told you or what God has told you to?

There is a divine standard for what God has called you to do. Our work will be audited against the standard of God. If you copy the world’s standards, you will have failed.

Your expression is tied to the internal configuration God put in you. Knowing your configuration and God’s divine standards will kill the temptation to compare yourself with others.

We need to ask God for the divine standard of what we do and trust the Holy Spirit for the specifics.

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. 

John 11:12 AMPC

The Bible is perceived as a ceiling rather than the standard. It is a stepping stone and glimpse of what is possible for sons. However ambitious we are, we have not scratched the surface of what God has in store for us.

3. Where Has God Called You To Go In The Marketplace?

When we get out of school we are taught that we should look for jobs with the big money. However, there is a trajectory that God defines for sons.  

Chances are that certifications will not cut it for the direction that God has called you to and in other instances certifications are only the basic thing that you build upon your call in God. This is because the call of God is a bigger than your degree and certifications.

4. To Whom Has God Sent You In The Marketplace?

God is in the business of people. You are sent to a specific people. In each gate of society there are people that God loves and wants reached.

Listen to God and seek out the people that God sent you out to and interact with those people as the Lord sends you to them. God will equip you with grace for them and you get entrance into their hearts just like Joseph did with the baker and the cup bearer. (Reference: Genesis Chapter 40)

If you have not identified who God has called you to, it is likely you will take yourself to the wrong place. You cannot send yourself to the people you think you can gel with.

The people who offend you are used to teach you something so that you grow and are mostly likely an indicator of the type of people you are called to. 

On the other side of offence is one of the greatest opportunity for ministry. (Reference: 1 Corinthians Chapter 13)

The standard for loving people is a divine standard.

Are you moved with compassion to those you are called to? Do you pray for them? 

Those who offend us are not a bus stop to glory that we just tolerate until God takes us to the good thing we are waiting for in Him.

We cannot judge people based on what they do the same way we do not judge ourselves based on what we do but who God says we are.

Are we honest with our Christianity in the market place? God is not ashamed of what we are doing in the marketplace so we should not be ashamed for him.

In an environment of pretenders, being authentic and honest is one of the most loving things you can do.

5. When Are You To Manifest Your Calling In The Marketplace?

There is a time and season for everything to manifest in the eyes of God. If we do not know time and season then we will give up just before we get to the place of manifestation.

God’s timing is not yours. He is often the God of the 11th hour. 

Even though prophetic words sounds like an emergency, it does not mean they will manifest immediately. What God requires from us immediately is the right heart response.

Harvesting is also hard work just like sowing is.

6. How Does He Want You To Manifest In The Workplace?

There is no cookie cutter approach to this. We must stay the course that God has shown us.

God is looking for a malleable heart. People who are willing to wait on Him.

He replied, I tell you that if these keep silent, the very stones will cry out. 

Luke 19:40 (AMPC)

Stones here refer to people who do good works that glorify God. If sons do not do God’s work for his glory, he will raise unbelievers who knowingly or unknowingly will be doing the work of God in our place and we will miss out as sons.

7. Why Does He Want You To Manifest In The Marketplace?

To bring glory to the Kingdom of God. If it doesn’t bring glory to Him, then we should have no part in it.

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