And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. 
Colossians 3:17 (NLT)

There’s such freedom in uncovering God’s calling on your life for your current season. I think of it as a sweet spot—the place where our passions collide head-on with our priorities and daily activities.

I fell into my first sweet spot around 19 years of age, but I didn’t know it. I became a co-owner of a small business, and my days transformed into a whirlwind of administrative tasks, sales goals, shop schedules, and employee management. The challenge invigorated me, and I loved applying my organizational and planning skills to a new environment. At the time, I also attended ministry school and wrestled with my lack of interest in vocational ministry. Many of my classmates felt called to serve as staff pastors, church planters, and worship leaders. Was I missing my call because I found my passion in an office building instead of in the mission field?

Then one Sunday, a guest preacher visited our church, and his message brought me freedom. Jesus can call you to the marketplace. Those seven simple words knocked boulders of doubt and guilt off my shoulders. Receiving an income for my labor didn’t disqualify it as ministry. As the body of Christ, we are all called to reach the world with the love of Jesus and the message of His salvation. Some of us are sent to do this in the marketplace. We reach employees, clients, vendors, business partners, competitors, and influencers with testimonies of what Jesus has done in our lives. We fund ministry with the proceeds of our passions. We can pray over our office buildings and our neighbor’s cubicles without them even knowing it. We show small kindnesses, work with integrity, and exemplify grace by how we conduct our professional lives. The marketplace needs such ministry, and some of us work today as corporate vocational evangelists.

Next month or next year, your calling may carry you to serve or lead within the walls of a church. But today, if you’re a business owner, an executive, or an employee, consider this question: Do you find your passion, skill sets, and priorities smack-dab in the middle of your business? If so—you, my friend, may be called to the marketplace.

Welcome to your sweet spot.

Father, thank You for calling each one of us to join in Your ministry. Thank You for giving me a desire for business in this season. Please grow me in this sweet spot and use my labor for the advancement of Your kingdom. Amen.

 

Jen Weaver is the author of A Wife’s Secret to Happiness and is passionate about sharing strength with others as a Bible teacher, speaker, and blogger at thejenweaver.com. She is also one of the hosts of The Declare Conference, a conference that equips women to walk in their calling as Christian communicators, and attends Gateway at the Southlake campus.