When we understand that in the workplace we are on a mission for Jesus and to influence people for the kingdom of God then, as a Christian that should shift our perspective as to how we do what we do. In my experience in the corporate environment, I have found that many Christians including myself have been guilty of performing in a way that helps us to maintain a paycheck. Often our mediocre performance in our work duties and functions does not aid in the effectiveness of our ministry or mission in the corporate environment.
I believe much of the problem lies in the fact that we don’t view our vocation or occupation as a mission or assignment from God. All too often Christians go into the workplace with a mentality of getting paid, and yes we need to work to maintain a living and provide for ourselves and family. However, it is also vital that we work in such a way that nonbelievers see our efficiency and excellence. In everything that we do we are called to be excellent and ultimately dominate whatever field of work, industry, or occupation.
When God spoke to Adam in the Garden of Eden concerning his mission, he said to him the following, “…Be fruitful, and multiple, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have DOMINION…”(Gen. 1:28) It is our responsibility as a kingdom representative or ambassador to represent the kingdom of God well in everything that we do. In other words, we should make sure to master our job or profession in such a way that all others pay attention to how well we perform. Dominance is about mastery to gain influence and be respected as a true professional in our field or industry.
Those who are non-Christian understand the importance of dominance and mastery. It is the reason most of them go to continuing education sessions and additional training to perfect their craft or skill set in such a way that they become the guru or expert in that field. Mediocrity should never be an option for us when we understand that we are on assignment for the Kingdom of God. We should be industry leaders who have our hand on the pulse of what is cutting edge in our industry. It is time out for us just going into the workforce to make money and living paycheck to paycheck. The time for us to dominate and become the person that sets trends and changes the way things happen in our industry should be the norm.
Our call is to enter a godless society with a God like strategy and execution that positions us to be the leaders we were created to be. There is a place of dominance that you must get to but it starts with mastering our field and becoming the go-to person in our industry, department, or team.
The reality is that dominance begins mentally and manifests in every area of our life. It is time that we start to think in new realms and levels that will allow us to dominate.
An excerpt from my book, “OCCUPY: Finding Your Place of Influence in the World”
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