Matt grew up in a Christian family and went to a very conservative
At age 20 "I cried out 'I'm so lonely", that was the first honest
conversation I had with God...I thought 'I love Jesus, I love God
and I want more of this"
First job was pulling weeds as a gardener and the landscaper in the
summer in Oregon
With YWAM, Matt did missions on a small island and in Hong Kong and
In 2005 he started a business consulting firm in Singapore that
includes training and communication
"I translate the Kingdom of God into business material, into
engaging people and working with them"
" I had no idea you could have such rich and meaningful
conversations in the marketplace"
"My role is to figure out who they are, how they're unstuck and how
to get them unstuck"
"One of the weaknesses with evangelicalism is that we don't really
love people, we don't want to meet them where they are, we just
want to get them saved"
"The first question people struggle with and that God
asks us is 'where are you?', that's one of the most profound
questions we can ask"
"Day to day, being authentic, getting to know someone is the
missing piece sometimes"
"be present without being anxious or reactive, that's the
discipline of maturity...that's the mastery of Jesus"
"you don't want to get into a difficult situation and not have
trained...you practice your reactions with your wife and kids"
"Very few people have theology questions, what's driving those
questions is a broken heart"
"The only Being in the universe who doesn't have to ask questions
comes into our broken and rebellious world and the first thing He
does is ask 3 questions. 'where are you?', 'who told you?', and
'have you eaten?'"
"Asking questions ought to be one of our highest priorities" and
"not questions that are statements in disguise"
"When I stepped out of missions, I realized that secretly I
had carried a little bit of arrogance in my heart that I was doing
spiritual work by doing missions and that now that I was outside of
it I wasn't doing spiritual work"
"The reason the church is in the shape it's in is because we
haven't taken the full counsel of God"
"This whole idea that we're to leave God out is absurd...all
they're really saying is 'just leave us alone'"
"God is interested in all areas of life and has something to say
about all areas of life"
"Anytime you're fighting for control, you're not fighting for the
Kingdom of God"
Inspiring, authentic stories of everyday Christian men with a variety of occupations, all living out their faith through their work. By doing so they're leading, prospering, glorifying God, and finding joy and purpose in their work and you can too.
Have you bought into the lie that your work has no real significance or meaning beyond a paycheck? How about the lie that the time you spend working is not kingdom work and not part of God's plan unless you're a full-time pastor or missionary or you're volunteering at your local church? The Devil is thrilled when you spend your work day feeling like the work you do is somehow second class spiritually. In this podcast I interview Christian men who have made a simple choice, regardless of what particular denomination their church is a part of and regardless of their job title. That simple choice is to invite the Holy Spirit to lead them at their job and in so doing to surrender their work, the biggest part of their life in terms of time, to God. The various reasons why they've made that choice may be different for every man but I believe there are two primary common reasons. The first is they know both from scripture and from a feeling deep down inside that this is God's will for them. The second reason is they know that this is the only chance they have of having a job and a career that really means something beyond simply earning money. This is the one and only way to have a sense of joy and purpose in the work they do. What kind of work they do and whether their work lines up well with their desires, talents, and strengths are both important, but they pale in comparison to whether or not God is in their work. God must be at the center of your work or your work truly will be the necessary evil the world and the Devil wants you to believe it is. The men I interview don't have it all figured out (none of us do!) and I encourage them to be real and transparent about both the victories and struggles of their journey of being Spirit led at their work. Hopefully, in this way, you'll find someone and something in every episode that you can relate to and through which God can help guide you to be closer to Him and more fulfilled and joyful in your daily worklife. Your work can truly be marketplace ministry and much more