Bad Math: Why Be a Business Professional?

by João Mordomo

Why be a business professional (or any other type of professional) when you can be a “Great Commission professional”? Here’s my first bit of math: “Great Commission = to make disciples of all peoples” (see Matt. 28:19-20.)

Many of us have been taught bad math. We’ve learned two formulas in particular whose conclusions can lead to confusion and a lack of clarity about what God wants to do in and through us. Here’s what I mean. We’ve learned that “Great Commission = clergy” and “Business professional = laity”.  

The almost inevitable result of this bad math is to think that the people who hold real value in God’s eyes are the clergy, the full-time religious workers. After all, we are told, they are all about “the Lord’s work,” and they “give up so much” to serve Him in “full-time ministry.”

The flip-side of our conclusion is that, sure, laypeople have some value, but it’s more about the money they make (that they then give as tithes and offerings) or the abilities they have (“hey, would you be interested in teaching a Sunday school class?”).

But that’s not what the Bible teaches! Look at what Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:9, and then get ready to jump for joy (out of your plush leather executive chair, or off of your factory floor, or… well, you get my point!)

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2:9

Did you read it? If you are not jumping for joy already, maybe I can help.

The “you” that Peter calls chosen and royal and holy and belonging to God are not clergy. They are laity! Peter is writing about the whole body of Christ, not just a select few. In other words, the “you” is YOU! You the business professional!

God has chosen YOU to proclaim His excellencies. The calling and privilege is not merely reserved for a few full-time religious workers. It’s for teachers and doctors and engineers and lawyers and entrepreneurs and business people. It’s for YOU!

Peter (a fisherman, not a math teacher, but his math is spot on!) is showing us what good math, God’s math, looks like:

“You” = “the whole body of Christ”

“Proclaim His excellencies” = “fulfill the Great Commission”

In other words, “you proclaim His excellencies” = “you be Great Commission professional.”

Have you considered how you can best leverage your job, your skills, your career, your company, for the sake of God’s glory among your neighbors and among the nations?

Joao Bio Pic 100Dr. João Mordomo is co-founder and president of CCI-Brasil, a global church planting movement among unreached peoples. João serves variously as owner, managing director and board member of several BAM companies, and serves in several BAM leadership roles including at COMIBAM, BAM Global and Lausanne.