Sometimes people in business feel like they’re bystanders in God’s work because they’re not "in ministry". All they do is make money. All they do is teach, build houses, lead workouts, prepare meals, sell widgets, design pretty things, or clean up after kids.
Yet God’s redemptive work on earth needs for business savvy, entrepreneurs with the capacity to raise capital. The church needs health & social service providers to ensure everyone has access to care. We need teachers to educate, stay-at-home parents to discover sacred ground and fertile soil. We need retirees to not travel or golf too much but serve, mentor, and help lead.
I once heard the Hebrew language doesn’t have a word for ‘spiritual’. . .because that would imply part of life is unspiritual. As Jesus moves to the center of our lives, regardless of our day jobs, we learn to see ourselves as ministers.
Ultimately, good business comes from a good community. And the way we create good community is when everyone contributes in their own sustaining way. In other words, if we are "in Christ" we are "in ministry". We're not only a beloved child of God, we also function as ministers Regardless of our day jobs. I wonder if how many people end up leaving church - not because they didn't get their needs met but -- because they never found their contribution. Not every gift is equal. But every gift is significant. As we follow Christ, we learn to identify needs, opportunities, and resources in our lives. This is what it means for us to function One Body.
The Apostle Paul's strategy for the common good might be summarized like this...
“12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” (I Corinthians 12:12-14)