Hope for the Marketplace

During this Monday’s 6am prayer meeting for marketplace believers, I prayed for a man who was going out to work. I made it my resolve to pray with Biblical language and, as the Scriptures command, with my hope completely fixed on that Day, “on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:13). I was also curious just to see how hope in THAT Day relates with hope for TODAY, observations that I will briefly mention after I lay out the prayer.

I prayed (to which you can pray with me),

“Lord, I ask that You would:

  • Prepare his mind for action, keep him sober in spirit, fix his hope completely on the grace to be brought to him at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 1:13). That the hope of Day of the Lord and the coming Kingdom would become his foremost meditation and motivation today.
  • That he would not love the world, love money, or be greedy for gain, but would be ready to share (1 Tim. 6:17-19), meek, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, merciful, pure, peaceful (Mt. 5:ff), conducting himself in fear along the narrow road of righteousness (1 Pet. 1:17, 2 Cor. 5:9-11, Mt. 7:13-14).
  • Let men see his good works and glorify God because of them (Mt. 5:16). Let it be demonstrated by his excellent conduct among Gentiles at work (1 Pet. 2:12) that his hope is truly and fully fixed upon another age and that everything in his life is driven and explained by this Great Day when You will expose and judge the secrets of men through the Messiah and render to each person according to their deeds (Rom. 2:5-16), when the wicked will be cut off and the righteous will be lifted up to inherit the earth (Pss. 37, 75-76).
  • In light of the great reversal of that day, give him grace to walk in loving meekness and goodness toward the wicked (Rom. 12:14-21), submitting to unloving government while, like Jesus, entrusting himself to Him who judges righteously (1 Pet. 2:13-23).
  • Let his hope burn brightly and be contagious, that men would ask him to give an account for the hope that is in him and he would always be ready to warn men in light of that Day. That as he works in the marketplace, Messiah, not money or lust, would be set apart as Lord in his heart (1 Pet. 3:15) (A heart overflowing with the fairness of Jesus and the righteousness of His kingdom will adequately communicate this good theme to others –Ps. 45).

I then left him as someone else began praying for him.

Here is emphatic, biblical hope for the marketplace TODAY: Citizens of another age, sealed and chosen for the Kingdom of Messiah, who eagerly hope in Messiah, not themselves, and walk in such an excellence that points to His excellent Kingdom; a conduct of righteousness that points to that future “home of righteousness” (2 Pet. 3:13 NIV). While still sojourning in this present evil age (Gal. 1:4, Titus 2:12), knowing “the day is near”, we behave “as in the day” (Rom. 13:11-14), learning to walk in a way pleasing to the Lord (Eph. 5:8-10). The marketplace is a unique sphere of society wherein believers proclaim, not just a verbal witness to the Day of the Lord but also a living one.

A voice crying out in the marketplace, “Prepare the way of the Lord! Order your lives in light of His coming. Bear fruits in keeping with a repentant heart. Here’s how: Share with the one in need. Don’t be dishonest in your taxes, don’t steal money, don’t accuse falsely. Be content with your wages, because He’s coming to judge the world in righteousness and He will reward the righteous, but will throw the wicked into an unquenchable lake of fire!” (taken from Luke 3:3-18)

Randy Alcorn tweeted just after I prayed this on Monday, “To many of us, ‘hope’ sounds wishful and tentative, but biblical hope means to anticipate with trust, to expect a sure thing. Romans 8:34-35.”

The hope of the marketplace believer is no different than the hope of the clergy. There is “one hope of your calling” (Eph. 1:18, 4:4), bound up in the Day of His appearing. May we seek out that true, sure, blessed, biblical hope and may it become what it should be: the supreme object of fixation to which our hearts’ demanding search for hope finds its fulfillment as we walk in the marketplace, the home, or the cathedral.

7 thoughts on “Hope for the Marketplace

  1. Amen!

    I’m gonna take that blog and meditate/talk to the Lord about those scriptures.

    Only this morning I was pondering “how hope in THAT Day relates with hope for TODAY” so I definitely feel like what you just wrote was an instrument of the Lord to lead me into greater understanding & truth.

    Wow, thank you for blessing me through that blog!

  2. Hey Truman! Bro, I was having a long conversation with someone on Twitter exactly around what you blogged on, “I was also curious just to see how hope in THAT Day relates with hope for TODAY.” Immediately after I made a long comment, your tweet popped up and I clicked it. I just thought it was interesting timing. 🙂

  3. It is easy for many of us believers who work in the marketplace to feel alone and second class due to a 60-70 hr. work week which limits time in fellowship with others, and being constantly surrounded by unbelievers.

    My Hope has never waxed and waned more than when I started working in the marketplace full-time. I realized that accumulated head knowledge will not help unless daily fellowship with the Holy Spirit takes place. Thank you for directing me to passages in the Word which I can meditate on. Please pray for me if you have the chance.

  4. Wow, you amaze me. In November I competed in the primary age group at the National Bible Bee. I got to witness you in action, and it was truly awesome. I found your blog through the Bible Bee website, and thought it was like the coolest thing on the planet. I remember when I first saw it thinking “here is a great role model. I really, really, really want to be like Truman.” But then I figured out that you reflected Christ in such a way that you made me want to glorify God, to live for him, and to aim to be as Christ-like as possible. As I have been doing my inductive study in Colossians this year, one thing God has been revealing to me is how to be a light. I have found myself meeting new people after recently moving out of state, and I hope to show them the love of Christ. I have been babysitting, helping with different things, and praying that God would work in them. You have displayed such a great example, and I am very grateful for it. You are truly a missionary for the Word, and I greatly appreciate it. I love your website, and your tricks for memorization, as well as all your “free goodies” It is awesome to see someone so talented and blessed in so many areas, yet someone who has let the Word of Christ dwell in them richly at the same time. This year I was a bit nervous for Bible Bee. After all, my parents are in India picking up our little adopted brother, we have just moved, and I’m in a new age group. But God spoke to me in so many ways, “When you are afraid, trust in me!” and I have felt myself growing more mature through the Gospel. I know I am pretty much sharing my life (or at least that’s how you probably feel), but I just wanted you to know that you are Incredibly awesome, and I can tell that God has blessed you for it. Please continue blogging, it has encouraged me so much!!
    Natalia L.

  5. Truman, this is not related to your post, but I love your tweets. They are full of so much wisdom!
    Ashley McKevitt

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