If you were to give an award for “Excellence in Marketplace Ministry” that honored someone who “exemplified excellence in the workplace or a profession in such a way that God was highly honored by their activity” who would you give the award to and why? Think about it… weigh all the key factors – excellence, integrity, diligence, interpersonal skills, appropriate witness, church involvement, family life, etc.
What prompted this inquiry? Apostle Paul’s urging in Ephesians 6:5-9,.. A passage written to Christian “servants/slaves” and “masters” in the ancient world.
Tragically, not all “professing Christian” employees or work supervisors/employers serve in such a way – with such diligence, excellence, and integrity – that God is honored! The ones who do not only are a positive witness as Christians but win the approval of God!
You want to know who I’d give such an award to? I’d give it to my son-in-law, Dr. Timothy Dresselhaus, a devoted Christian, wonderful husband and “dad,” a man with a long history of service within the Church, and a skilled physician who serves others with devotion, diligence, and excellence. Kudos to people like Tim! They are a blessing to us all, a credit to the cause of Christ, and honored by God!
“Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man… Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.”
One more time… Who would YOU give such an award to? (Think about it!) … And if you’re an employee, a professional, or a supervisor/employer don’t you want to honor God by what you do?