THE WORKFORCE OF THE GOSPEL

For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10!

If you are going to be significant, you must be a part of the workforce of the gospel. Is your work a bad news or good news to others who meet with you daily? Amazingly, looking through the gospel almost the entire workforce were professionals.

Long before you got employed, God designed intentionally that you will be there to occupy for him with the good news! We were not necessarily employed for the package of survival but to deliver the good news as our new creation nature of value addition as the salt of the earth.

In Luke 5:27-32! As soon as Levi met with Jesus, he created a feast which he invited his colleagues and had Jesus speak the words of eternal life to them, he counted it a necessity that will positively influence their performance on the job and their individual life. Just as Zacheus was like a tax consultant, Levi was a custom officer who belonged to various professional bodies and he decided to share his Jesus encounter with his fellow professionals in their continuous mandatory development meeting or conference.  (CMPD, MCPD etc.) Do you create a space for the gospel in your professional conferences? The Gospel is professional because all professions are guided by the fruits of the Spirit and kingdom values. We should let the world pollute the meaning of our assignments.

Servants obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. Colossians 3:22-25! 

Masters give unto [your] servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Colossians 4:1

The world is a marketplace and business place, the gospel is the business, the saints are the workforce and profitable traders. Amazingly Jesus went to recruit the disciples from the marketplace and corporate world. The apostles were professionals and exceptional specialists. That is a salient message that shouldn’t be ignored.

When you get to the police station, the Court room, the hospital, the market, the board room, the cabinet, the schools of institution of higher learning etc. who and what exactly do we see and experience? Do we see a bundle of professional hypocrites or a workforce for the gospel? The good news is that we are all employees of the creator! Jesus did not die only to give us a career but to save the lost. Many people do go to church but they are practical unbelievers. Who is an unbeliever? An unbeliever is one who is ignorant of the gospel and one who will not allow the word of God to govern him or her. They mentally agree with the bible but practically disconnect from it. It is actually a subtle bondage of hypocrisy! They know the word of God but can’t just allow it to rule their life. (Hosea 4:6, Hebrews 4:11). This is what disconnects many professionals from the workforce of the gospel. This is also the striking difference between membership and discipleship.

Our world today learn better by lifestyle than preaching, lifestyle is such a quiet way to redeem erring many. Its effect and process is usually slow but very effective and convincing. The bible is a wonderful companion as an evidence of open profession but letting the content of the bible dwell in us richly that every squeeze bring out nothing but the nature of Christ is more evident. Too many people are looking for answers in confusion but our consistency is living out the word of God is a veritable solution. The major challenge is that many of us are not fully living out the Christ we believe.

Workforce is the totality of the human potential that creates profitability from productivity and creativity. It is the creative and strategic human component of an enterprise. The gospel is the good news from the word and nature of God. In our world, everyone and especially the professional, business and corporate world is the workforce of the gospel.

And when He putteh forth his own sheep, He goes before them, and the sheep follow Him, for they know his voice. John 10:4!

A pastor may not be a professional but a professional is a pastor! Why? There are professional that more human traffic than pastors. Do pastors counsel? Yes. Do professional counsel? Yes! Solving the position, you will find that every professional is a shepherd or pastor. A pastor is a carrier of Jesus and one who professes of the gospel. The gospel makes us a corporate kingdom rather than building individual kingdoms. The gospel unifies faith!

A young secondary lady came crying to me some day that they were compelled to engage teamwork during their WAEC exams by their teachers and principals but I once told them that teamwork is before the exam not during the exams. Who does she obey God or her teacher or principal and how will she cope in that school should she disobey. I told her if you can’t stand for what you belief now, you may never be able to stand again. Do you want to be exceptional like Daniel? Then stay with God, take the persecution but later God will decorate you. Do let the pressure of the world destroy the word inside you! Prayed with her and wish her well. I am not a pastor but a professional. However I was pained and troubled, the custodians or gatekeepers are now the bridges of destruction. Yet, all these people are Christians who have children, attend services and read the bible and will probably pray to God for blessings or protection but have we forgotten how we have misled others into ruin! Like I positioned earlier, there are two stages of unbelief, first is total ignorance of the word of God and the second are not persuaded enough to act upon God’s word. First category needs knowledge but the second category is the people who know and agree to God’s word (Bible) but simply can’t get themselves to act on it accordingly, their cure is in obedience.  The second category is more prevalent in our generation. Sometimes if by any means you get to a police station, you will wonder if police is really our friend. The law may be right but the administrators have made it of no effect. Have you seen the attitude of some nurses and doctors, very repugnant? You will find standing charge and bail lawyers around the police station waiting to connive with police to extort people for bail that is meant to be free. (DPO not exempted)

As a Christian, you are not just employed in that office or a member of that board or privileged to be a trained professional. We are put forth as a sickle of harvest and bearer of the gospel. Have you been a shepherd or a hireling? I have often wondered why did Jesus preach the gospel to the poor rather than give them money. Simple, he ministered and showed them the good news, which is what the professional is to do; the service value is not only treating a patient but letting him or her know that God’s plan is total health. The policeman is not only to prosecute, charge or imprison but to let the convict know that God’s will is not being in the net of the law, when we obey the law of liberty, we live above the law of sin, guilt, pain , regret and death.

The workplace, business place, professional and civic engagement appointment, assignment or responsibilities are the greatest pulpits that will deliver many and our nation. There is a great level of trust in professionals about their job and work, it make it cheap to believe their prescription and recommendations as well educated and learned people but very negligible percentage make their professions an avenue to reach out. There is a great deception and philosophy that don’t bring the church to work. What is work in the first place and what is our major work on earth. This is not fanaticism but reality. The reason for its possibility is that you are a professional and know exactly when it is right to bring on the gospel. We all know there is a finite level of human intelligence; this is why we have the witness of the Spirit and voice of the Holy Spirit to prompt us on when it is due. Let stop defending our denominations, let defend our faith, lets profess Jesus who died for all! Reinhard Bonke profoundly said rivalries ruin revival!

Our offices and desks is the place God has given us to occupy till he comes. God gave us a job so that by our life and our hands, his will manifest! We are the representatives of God to accomplish his will here on earth. We must deliver the peculiarity of our job description in a gospel manner!

Being part of the workforce of the gospel does not mean coming to work or business place with a cassock on your neck when you are to be in your corporate wear, that is hyper-hypocrisy. Am saying let people get to know your smartness, uniqueness and extraordinary brilliance has a source in God and your conviction.

Do you belong to this workforce by mere identification or practice? Wherever we serve, let us know it is not for merely salary, status or self accomplishment but basically to please God! Become a participating member of the professional workforce of the gospel. Jesus is the good news and sharing the good news healer better and faster than our professional expertise. Jesus loves you and those who come to you for their issues better than you love your job!

It is time to fight the good fight of faith with our professions, businesses, schools and gifting.

Fight   the   good   fight   of   faith,   lay   hold   on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast   professed   a   good   profession   before   many witnesses. 1 Tim.6:12

Sharing the good news, therein lay your significance!

 

Julius Afolabi

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