DOES IT MEAN TO BE A PROPHET IN THE MARKETPLACE?

Jesus is the prophet in the marketplace. He has no religious institution such as the temple or a rabbinic school behind him to legitimize his teaching or position in society. In his time, he seldom referred to scripture or tradition when he taught, yet he used it to address arguments from his opponents. His impact has transcended vast time and distances. In fact, his message can transform any listener’s perception of reality and create transformation in his or her life. Jesus’ authenticity—the coherence between his life and his message—has been the greatest argument for the latter.

Jesus was in the marketplace because it was the only place his message would be authentic. How could he preach about loving one’s neighbor if he isolated himself in the rabbinic courts and did not care about loving his neighbor in the marketplace? How could he talk about the Father’s unconditional love if he refused to heal just because it was the Sabbath?

Jesus’ priesthood is not limited to his death and resurrection. The Gospels assume that the significance of his ministry is equally be known through his daily works and dealings with all sorts of people. Apparently, it is a ministry that has transcended social boundaries. Jesus crossed the line that separated the Jew from the Gentile. He engaged in conversations with complete strangers. He healed indiscriminately, sometimes without being asked.

 

In his teachings, Jesus insisted on the necessity of integrity and the destructive outcome of hypocrisy. He did not use fancy evangelistic methods to convince people to obey his teaching. He uttered the word, let it fall where it should, and respected the freedom of the people to accept or to refuse his message.

Jesus the priest makes no effort to create a religion that might substitute for the actual encounter with TRUTH. He aims less to structure his listeners’ approach to the sacred than to spark their encounter with the HOLY. As a result, his teaching has about it a quality of incomplete-ness. It is not a closed, finished whole, but asks to be completed in the lives of the hearers. Even Jesus’ choice of the medium by which his message would originally be preserved suggests this: he neither wrote it down nor had his disciples commit it to rote memory, but relied on their being transformed by it and then reproducing it in a manner that would enable the process of transformation to continue for others in new and changed contexts.[i]

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How can you be like Jesus and be a prophet in your specific marketplace?

 

“Hurt People Hurt People”

Why is it so important to God for you to complete the past? When there is excess baggage, the tendency is for bitter roots to show up and surround your heart. But the Bible tells us, “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many” (Hebrews 12:15).

There is a saying that goes, “Hurt people hurt people.”  When you have bitterness and unforgiveness in your life, the tendency will be for you to spread these negative emotions to the people you come in to contact with. Complete the past and create for yourself a new possibility. Let something new take the place of where that unforgiveness and resentment once occupied.

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Complete the Past: Forgive

When your heart is holding on to so much from the past, it remains there. When pieces of your heart remain in the past, then you are not a whole person. When you are not a whole person, you are lacking integrity. The lack of integrity creates unworkability. When you have unworkability in your life, you are preventing breakthroughs from coming into your life.

Forgiveness is one of the most powerful ways to complete the past. It can be directed toward others, toward past events, and even toward yourself. Past offenses can be keeping us from moving forward in our lives. As a result, every action we do in the present is a product of this past offense. Unforgiveness will steal from you the joy that you are supposed to have today.

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Who is one person you need to forgive today?

CLOSING THE SPIRITUAL GAP

The prophets in the marketplace are placed with this inquiry: “What are you doing to close the spiritual gap in the marketplace?” What does this spiritual gap pertain to? This spiritual gap is distinguished by the absence of God’s message in the marketplace. Slowly, Jesus is being pushed out of the picture in the marketplace. Public schools do not tackle Christianity because they do not want to influence students to turn to one religion over another.

When you use God-given gifts to close the spiritual gap in society, God blesses you. When you offer your life up as a sacrifice to God, God takes care of your needs. Oftentimes, you may think that your gifts provide for your needs. You work and you use whatever skills and talents God has given you. You think your talents have put food on your table.

Your gifts are not primarily there to provide for you. Their main purpose is for you to glorify God in the marketplace. Initially, people cannot understand God because their spiritual eyes are not opened, but they can relate to your gifts. People can only see God when you use your gifts; that seems to be natural in them, because the world needs something they can experience and see for them to see God. They need something more tangible to be able to see God. They need proof.

The Pharaoh had a gap; Joseph had a gift. The gift met the gap. The kingdom of Egypt became the kingdom of God. King Artaxerxes had a gap; Queen Esther had a gift. The kingdom of Artaxerxes became the kingdom of God. Darius had a gap; Daniel had a gift. Babylon became a Kingdom of God.

Do you see the pattern? This is what God is still doing up to this day? What is your gift? What gap must you meet? How can you meet the gap in your workplace? How can you turn your industry into God’s industry? How can you win that industry for the Lord?

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Dangers of Operating from the Stands

Most of the time, when we operate from the stands, we tend to complain about things we do not have firsthand experience for. We base our complaints on concepts. We comment on things we have not actually lived out.

The Greek word “complainer” literally means “one who is discontented with his lot in life. The one who complains is not contented because this is what life from the stands does to you. It leaves you without power, control and responsibility. Thus, it leaves you limited and weak.

David experienced living life both “on the court” and “ in the stands”. He is a mighty warrior. Most of the time, we see him at the frontline, leading his army into victory.

The first and most popular story about David will be the one when he was able to defeat Goliath, the giant Philistine. Here he was, a young shepherd boy, armed with his slingshot, five pebbles, and his faith in the Lord.

There are numerous moments like this when David placed himself on the courts. He allowed himself to do the purposes of God. However, there was one time, wherein he intentionally when he placed himself in the stands.

There was a time wherein he did not go with his men to a battle. He stayed behind. He took himself out of the court. This got him in trouble.

The adultery that David has committed was done when he was off the court. He was idle. He was not in action. The product of being off the court can lead you to sin, even if you are King David, man after God’s own heart. Always make it a point to be on the court.

 

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How are your possibilities directly impacted when you operate from the stands?

Where Are You Coming From?

There are two unique perspectives on leadership that reveals a vantage point coming from a third-person view and that of a first-person. Most of us understand the difference between these points of view. However, few of us understand the significant impact of knowing the kind of perspective you hold and how it determines the quality of our lives.

Life from the stands can only be accessed as concepts, not as they are actually lived and experienced first-hand. Everyday common sense language limits us to speaking about what is actually happening in life from the stands. The spectator can never truly do anything on the court, in the way the player could. When it comes to your life, which role are you playing? Are you simply the spectator, looking over your life, without any power or control? Can you be the player who is on the court, making the plays happen?

On the court, you can actually perform. You take part. You participate. On the court, you are response-able. You can respond to your opponents. You can play to win.

Shifting from being a “content of experience” into being a “context of experience”, you need to shift the perspective you have of your life. There is a need for you to operate on the court, rather than in the stands. In fact, being a context calls you to actually “be” the court by which the game is being played.

Do you see the difference between the two perspectives?

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Where are you positioned in your life? Are you experiencing your life from the stands or on the court?

Biblical Registration

Let us look at Hebrews 11 to reveal conversations of enrollment, invitation, and specifically registration. It is the recipe of faith that the Bible has presented. Let us see how we can apply this recipe in the church today. As we look to these biblical accounts, let us keep an open mind to witness the birth of a church of possibility.

Abel

The Bible tells us, “By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead” (Hebrews 11:4).

Abel registered his offering to God. His offering is the first offering that we see in the bible in the Book of Genesis (Genesis 4:4). Abel brought fat portions of the firstborn of his flock. Thus, the Lord’s favor was upon his offering. Abel registered the Lord.

Enoch

Enoch was one of the men in the Bible who never experienced death. What did he do to merit such a thing? Nothing extravagant. The Bible said, “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24). The account below shows the fact that he simply walked faithfully with God please the Lord. It registered God.

Noah

Noah preached on earth for 120 years. His intention was to enroll the people into God’s grace and goodness. He preached to the people but they were stuck in the past; they were stuck in their wickedness. He offered an invitation, but Noah only found himself and his family in the ark.

Abraham

When we look at the life of Abraham, we will observe powerful registration conversations. Abraham was called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance. His choice in this registration conversation with God was to go, to leave his homeland. He said, “yes” to God. He stepped out of his comfort zone and by faith journeyed to the Promised Land, “even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8).

Jacob

Jacob registered himself as the firstborn. Registration has nothing to do with physical status or appearance. Even if biologically, Esau was the firstborn of the twins, Esau failed to register himself to God. Jacob ended up with Isaac’s blessing.

Registration is a spiritual act. Many people register for a class physically. But they failed to do so in the spirit. This is why they fail the subject. They never registered spiritually in order to experience the products of registration.

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Choice = Love

Have you ever thought — God would not have the problem of saving humanity from sin if they took away from the Garden of Eden the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. However, without this tree in the garden, Adam and Eve will not have the choice whether to obey or to disobey God. That would have been a form of manipulation on God’s part. God placed the tree there, He gave Adam a clear command, and they CHOSE to disobey. They could have chosen to obey, but they didn’t.

When we force people to change or agree with us, we take away their worth – who they are and what they have to say. That is manipulation. Everyone is given a chance to choose what they want to have and who they want to be. This may sound good or maybe even bad. However, we should keep in mind that our role is to just really empower people to do what is right. Whether they choose to do what they want or to listen to us, it is still their decision to make.

We were given freedom to choose. We have a free will. God did not intend for us to be robots and just do what He says. We were created to be in union with Him. Just as so, we are to be in union with others as well. In John 15:12, Jesus said: my command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

In an authentic loving relationship, we do not force people; instead, we nurture each other in tender loving care and concern. We encourage and bring each other up in Christ’s love.

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Are there people in your life that you may be unintentionally manipulating by removing the freedom to choose? List these people’s names down and create a plan to resolve this.

Biblical Enrollment – How Does God Do It?

When we read the Word of God – the Bible – how do we take it in? How do we understand it? When we read it, how do we respond to what is written? We should have a good grasp as this will greatly affect how we perceive the word of God.

Enrollment is a conversation that induces action. Enrollment is the result of “showing” people a larger possibility for themselves (Selman, 2007).

Enrolling people to a specific idea is to make them see a bigger picture of themselves and their future.

We can say that this is one of the things God is really good at – enrolling people – making them see a bigger picture of themselves or of what is going to happen.

Prophecy is a powerful tool of enrollment, wherein God enrolls His people into the possibility that He wants to open up for their lives.

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What is God enrolling you to SEE or to DO today?

The Prophetic Conversations for Possibility

Let’s start off with an activity. Do this with me right now:

Write down three (3) things that you have spoken that has come to reality.

You can share with me your answers in the comment box below, or you can keep it for yourself. But I encourage you to do this activity.

According to James 2:17, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. We should make sure that we act on the impossibilities we might be facing – so that it may become a possibility.

SPEAK A NEW POSSIBILITY INTO REALITY.

When you pursue a new possibility, it propels you toward the possibility you desire. It puts you in the position of being willing to do what is required in order to get to that possibility. This is a positive action that makes you focus more on what is needed than what you feel like.

A good example for this is Paul. When he was getting persecuted, he did not falter to look at the brighter side. In fact, he even said these very words:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and the perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
When we are marked out to finish something, we do not react – but we act on it. We become positive and start doing what is needed to be done. We look at things more optimistically. We become a person of possibility – a person who is better than the person he is before.

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