Friends, this is my last devotional writing. Exactly a year ago, many of you had requested something to help you get into the Word on a daily basis. So PJ and I embarked on a yearlong, tag-team journey, along with P.Ide for awhile, to serve bite-sized devotional reflections. Hopefully, they were both delicious and nutritious.
If you deleted them unread, we take no offense. For me, it was actually an honor, privilege, and joy to bake them for the few who consumed them daily. My prayer is simply that now, after a year, you have grown in your personal appetite to eat spiritual steak daily, not just drinking milk on Sundays.
As for me, my Mon/Fri Marketplace musings will cease for now. (PJ will decide what he will do with the Tue/Wed/Thurs devotionals.) It's only fitting that I end this Marketplace series with what is both the ministry's end goal and my own personal passion---the healing of the nations.
[For all MOBsters, we may have a Marketplace 2.0 advanced program next year... stay tuned.]
Healing of the Nations
After 26 content-rich devotionals on the Marketplace, where does this leave us? We went on the "inward journey" of letting God unearth, examine, and heal the stuff of our soul. If our souls are broken due to strongholds of an orphan spirit, poverty spirit, greed, or lust, we simply cannot steward material prosperity, let alone steward greater spiritual abundance.
We also went on the "outward journey" of discovering advanced tools to take territory for the LORD. My personal favorite, vetted through both personal successes and failures, is what I call the Prophet Motive in the marketplace: Releasing prophetic decrees that transform our environments---in tangible, practical, sustainable, and material ways. We learned that the key here is deep intimacy with God, and the revelation of our spiritual authority as beloved Royal Children of The King.
But as exciting as this journey has been, the question remains: Where is our destination? Where does this marketplace vision take us?
The answer lies in Revelation 22:1-5:
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
This passage refers to the restoration of Eden. The Garden was not paradise (hence the presence of the serpent), but it was the penultimate expression of communion with God. The new City of God described in Revelation is the ultimate expression of both communal and covenantal life with God.
Our role as co-builders with God in the marketplace (apostles, strategists, craftsmen, teachers, intercessors... you name it) has a direct impact on this prophetic vision. Recall that the first expression of worship in Genesis was actually work! In the new City of God, we will still have work---not the cursed daily grind, but the redeemed daily walk with God in the fullness of our creativity, industry, and unique gifting!
Meanwhile, as we progress toward this glorious destination---armed with hope and the LORD's victory---we are invited to roll up our sleeves and do some damage to the enemy's empire of darkness on earth.
Through intercession, advocacy, wealth creation and benevolence, and by establishing jobs, schools, hospitals, churches, healed households, etc., we can rid the earth of systemic poverty, mitigate war and violence, diminish pandemic diseases, and dance upon injustice!
This, my dear friends, is what the healing of nations actually begins to look like. And we have the great privilege of entering into this reality today through the marketplace.
Here's the bottom line: Unless we enter into this prophetic destiny of the Healing of Nations at a personal level, our daily lives will be an endless grind---no matter how much church we get, how rich we get, or how quickly our family grows.
Life is too short to live a constant daily grind. Ask the LORD how to tether your story with the Healing of Nations. Take some risk. Quit your job if needed. (Better yet, He may just have you fired.) Reset your priorities. Then, go after His Presence with reckless abandon. Leave nothing on the table.
LORD, for those ready to be launched at the hearing of this word, I ask that You release them today---and provide everything that they need for the launch! In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.