Carriers of Light:
One of the themes of our teaching in Discipling Marketplace Leaders is the need to be the light in the darkness of the Marketplace (business, government, education). The Bible is full of references to us being called to be a carrier of the light of Christ:
- Isaiah 42:6b-7 - I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
- Matthew 5:14 - You are the light of the world.
- Matthew 5:16 - Let your light shine before others.
- John 8:12 - He who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.
- Ephesians 5:8 - For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
- Philippians 2:15 - ...you shine as lights in this world.
A couple of weeks ago, I shared the story of Daniel, who was troubled over and over with ethical challenges in the workplace. If you remember, Daniel chose to leave his work in accounting as well as medical laboratories because of ethical challenges (http://reedsinthewind.blogspot.com/2016/05/daring-to-be-daniel.html). While Daniel showed great courage in standing for his principles, he also made the difficult decision of leaving those places of darkness. What is unfortunate is that when he left those places, he took his light with him, leaving more darkness.
Let me share about a business person in a developing country who made the difficult decision to remain in a place of darkness and allow his light to shine. [Again, I will change his name to protect his identity.]
Moses worked as a manager in a furniture company for fourteen years. He was known as a manager who would not compromise his ethics. At one point, his company gave him the opportunity to take an eight year loan to purchase a home. He decided to pay it off in five years, and then continued to make payments to himself for the remaining three years to build up some savings. On January 1st of his fifteenth year with the company, he was approached by an elder in his church who said that God prompted him to remind Moses of how Jacob had worked for Laban for fourteen years and then Jacob went out on his own. Moses had felt a tug of leaving this business to start his own business
I like this quote from Michael Strassfeld: "Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished."
The beautiful thing about being a carrier of light is that God continues to be the giver of the light through the Holy Spirit. Our job is not to leave this light in the church building, but allow it to shine in our workplace. The Discipling Marketplace Leaders ministry is designed to help churches and church leaders figure out how to do this through intentional discipling to purpose.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT) - You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the houses. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.