Effectiveness in the marketplace depends on us discerning the needs or problems and developing strategies and solutions that speak to those issues. In our society, the success of any individual in the marketplace is depending on them finding solutions to problems in the world. The more people you serve and problems you solve the more in demand you become and the more influence you gain.
Jesus’ influence grew because he served people who had issues. In Matthew 4 we find what Jesus as a problem solver and people server:
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. The work we do and the way we do it is a testimony of the presence of God in our life! (Matthew 4:23-24)
The reason Jesus had great influence among the people is that he found a need to meet or a problem that he was anointed to solve. Jesus’ goal was not money although he needed it. His focus was on serving people with issues. The Kingdom of God is meant to be revealed in chaos, and this is why concerning Ester Mordecai said “perhaps you were brought to the kingdom for such a time as this” I believe the times are calling for a rising of problem solvers and people servers. It is not enough for us to talk about the kingdom of God with people, but we must position ourselves to manifest the Kingdom of God in every facet of culture. If the Kingdom of God is in us, then it should flow out of us in everything that we touch or do.
There are so many sick, lunatic, and needy people who are walking around hopeless and in despair. Many are successful in their career but dying in their soul. It is time that we carry both success in the marketplace and the joy of the Lord. We must show them that without Christ their success is worthless. We are in the career, vocation, and profession we are in because there are people there who need Jesus. Let’s find people with problems to serve!
In our world, there are economic, societal, socio-economic, health, family, and a whole host of other issues that are present in the world today. As long as there is the presence of evil and sin, there will be problems that need to be solved and people who will fall prey to those problems. I believe for every problem that exists in the world today that God has created a person as the solution to that problem. I want to say to all those who are workplace professionals, entrepreneurs, and all other social influencers that you were destined to live in this time to bring powerful solutions to the problems of the day.
This is an excerpt of my book entitled, “OCCUPY: Finding Your Place of Influence in the World”
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