“And being asked by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God cometh, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, There! for lo, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-22 ASV
Where is God’s Kingdom in the Marketplace? For most of us we witness a taste of God’s Kingdom within the faith community of our church. For others, the Kingdom of God is found within the four walls of home. Again, for others it may be the one morning each week Bible study where the fellowship and sharing sparks enthusiasm for the rest of the week. Yet where is God’s Kingdom in the workplace?
The above scripture use to puzzle me. How could Jesus speaking with unconverted Pharisees tell them that the Kingdom of God is found within each of them? Isn’t the Kingdom of God the rule and reign of Christ? These Pharisees didn’t believe Jesus was who He claimed to be. He wasn’t their King. So how could they be under the authority of Christ?
There lied the problem. The Kingdom of God is the authoritative government of God ruled through the Spirit of God from the heart. It is the soul that submits to Christ’s authority that is a willing subject. All souls are under the authority of Christ. However, the soul that rebels against Christ is walking down a dangerous path. The connecting point is a matter of the heart. The heart that mutually submits one to another in service to the King of Kings is a servant of the Kingdom. The heart that rebels against the King of Kings is a lost and confuse child of God waiting to discover the riches of a meaningful relationship with the Triune God.
The Kingdom of God is found in the marketplace through the hearts of believers who are subject to the King. Wherever two or three are gathered, Christ is among them hearing their prayers (Matt. 18:20). The Kingdom of God is not limited behind the four walls of a faith community. The Kingdom of God is active within every organization, every business venture, and every marketplace transaction where two or three are gathered in His name. Where leadership and ownership profess and subject themselves to the King of Kings, the Kingdom of God is alive and growing. How about your marketplace? Is it too radical to allow God’s Kingdom an entrance into your workplace?
We are rooting for you!
Yours in Christ,
Executive Chair, Consultant, Encourager
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
* Great Business Emulates a Good God
* Be Radical…Follow Christ!
* Simply The Messenger
* Unequally Married