Market Seventy: Reclaiming the marketplace

FastStart: Leading Transformation

Why You Need It

You are being used in the marketplace to transform your organization, your industry, your neighborhood and beyond. You are experiencing the fruit of transformation in substantial, measurable ways. God has given you much success and, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." ( Luke 12:48) You are now expected to move into leading transformation beyond your own sphere of influence and joining in the Body of Christ moving across the world. Jesus said, "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." (Luke 11:23)

What It Is

Leading Transformation is the final step in your journey – and it is the first step in your journey. It challenges you to step into the perfecting – finishing – work of Christ, Himself. It calls you into living the birth, death, resurrection and ministry of Christ. It is a communal walk with the Body of Christ. It is a lifestyle, not an activity. It arises naturally out of the systems change work you have been involved in since the Spirit-Led strategic planning module.

What You Have to Know

Right now, all around the world, God is involved in transformation. Substantial, measurable results are being experienced at all levels of marketplace, government, education, entertainment and the arts, family, and militaries. The journey you have been on has not been a solo journey. Intercessors from around the globe have been praying for you, standing in the gap for you, seeking revelation for you. The work you have been doing in your sphere of influence is touching and encouraging people you don't even know exist.

There are tens of thousands of Christians working for transformation in all the areas mentioned above. God's call on our lives is to join them – to step into leadership roles as marketplace ministers. He calls us to use our developing knowledge, experience and passion to lead transformation. Each of us in a different capacity is marching shoulder to shoulder with Christ's co-laborers all over the world.

What You Have to Do

There are three major areas in which God is calling you to take a leadership role.
1. Your Personal Transformation: Keeping short accounts, proactively be re-submitting yourself daily to His plans and purposes.
2. Transformation in the Church: Take personal and corporate responsibility in building the Body of Christ through supporting and leading transformation churches.
3. City and Nation Transformation: Lend your specific skills, knowledge and experience to the world-wide transformational movement.

 

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Leading Transformation Teaching

Be Imitators of Christ

By this time in the Market 70 process, you have no doubt understood that transformation is not an activity or a program. It is a lifestyle. You have begun to "seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness" in everything you do – both in the marketplace and in your personal life. You see God's values and His vision in everything in which you are involved. You expect fruit in all area of your life. You see tangible proof of His transformational power in your sphere of influence. And you know – transformation is the call on your life.

Jesus spoke the call in these words: "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). How could He demand that when we know we aren't even close to perfect? Ah, but look closer at that passage, for it contains a key word in understanding transformation. "Perfect" is translated from the Greek word, teleios, which means, "brought to its end, finished, wanting nothing necessary to completeness, full grown, adult, of full age, mature." The same word is used by Jesus in Matthew 19:21 when He tells the rich young man that if he wants to be complete, (NASB) he must sell all that he has, give to the poor and follow Jesus. The Lord is describing a life change, a transformation that is characterized not by specific acts, but by a lifestyle of Kingdom living.

On the cross, Jesus called out, "It is finished," using a form of the same word, teleios. His entire life was for the purpose of bringing to completion that which was begun from before creation. When He calls us to be perfect, He is calling us to reenact the redemption – to live the life of Christ, to die in Him and to be raised in Him as instruments of righteousness (Romans 6:6,11,13b). This is the very heart of transformation – putting right all that has been lost, reclaiming all that He has redeemed.

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