Jesus calls us to glorify His name across the earth and in all spheres of life. His Lordship extends over individuals, families and into the domain of business. Indeed, with a reported 2,000 verses dealing with how we acquire and use money and possessions, Christians should be sitting up and taking note of the ways in which we acquire and steward the blessings God gives us. In Marketplace Memos the father and son writing team of David and Jonathan Shibley present 39 devotional insights (memos) for business leaders.
Now don’t roll your eyes. I realize that many titles on leadership, money and business have been written from a Christian perspective in recent years. Thankfully, the Sibley’s have written a title that goes far beyond basic leadership advice, best practices, and business tips. They boldly venture into the core of your relationship with Jesus, challenging both experienced and aspiring business leaders to place their walk in faith at the forefront of their lives.
The teachings offered are sound and biblical; as such they expand into all areas of life. I found many of the topics explored were also relevant to my own life and ministry to my family and children. Isn’t that the beauty of scripture? It speaks to us where we are in life no matter our situation. In a like way Marketplace Memos spoke deeply into my own life – I can’t wait to share it with others.
The breadth and depth of the topics explored ranges from biblical views of money, using your business as a ministry, charitable giving, eternal rewards, family priorities, marriage, partnerships, networking advice and many more. There are practical nuggets of advice to be mined that are incorporated carefully within the devotional context. Each brief memo, or devotional chapter is two to four pages in length and concludes with an applicable scripture verse (Remember); a concise quote from a Christian thinker or the authors (Reflect); suggested prayer points relating to the topic (Pray); and ways to incorporate and build upon the teachings in your own life (Act).