Marketplace Work Force

Posted in Work by Benham Brothers | May 1st, 2014

It seems God places great value upon “marketplace work” as His preferred training ground before men and women enter into vocational ministry work. Interestingly, throughout the bible, we see great men of faith doing common, ordinary work as their means of employment.  They labored in the marketplace or in their own fields before God plucked them out to do a different work specifically for Him.

Look at these wonderful examples:

  • Peter fished for fish and God made him a fisher of men.
  • David shepherded sheep and God made him a shepherd of people.
  • Amos plowed fields and God made him a plower of His Word.
  • Gideon was a thresher of wheat and God made him a thresher of men.
  • Jesus was a builder of “things” and God made Him the builder of His Kingdom.


God has revealed throughout history that He uses the common “marketplace” to prepare His chosen men and women for His work on the earth.  And if you’re faithful there you will be faithful when God plucks you out of there.

The key is to simply be faithful right where God has placed you, doing your job to the best of your ability.  God doesn’t honor one work as better than another – He honors faithfulness to the work He’s called you to do.  That is such a freeing thought!  So let’s stay in the “work force” and be faithful to Him…until He taps our shoulder and calls us out.

Then the angel of the LORD came and sat under the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press in order to save it from the Midianites.  Judges 6:11


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