Marketplace Christians with the spiritual gift of worship invite the presence of God into their workplaces. They recognize that the Bible teaches us to do our work “as unto the Lord” (Col. 3:23) as our work is a primary means by which we worship God. They also help others around them to become aware of God’s presence, majesty, and goodness.
Shae Bynes uses her spiritual gift of worship in her marketplace role as a coach and teacher on Christ-centered business and marriage. She is the author of 10 books.
Shae wrote her first two books before she learned to activate her spiritual gift of worship in the writing process. For Shae, writing those first two books “felt like a grind” because she had not yet learned to worship God through her work.
Over the course of writing her next eight books, she refused to write without the accompaniment of her “Holy Ghostwriter.” She reported,
I speak to Him before I start writing. I thank Him for who He is. I thank Him for the opportunity to minister to others through writing. I tell Him that I’m yielded and ready for what He wants to share through me. I also play my favorite worship music in the background while I’m writing because it helps keep my heart and mind focused on Him. Of course, that means I sometimes end up crying in the middle of writing or have to take a break to just worship (because I can’t lift my hands and type at the same time). But then, I get back to the flow of writing.
I have found that my sweet spot for writing is between 1am-5am, and I usually write in 3-4 hour sessions. During that time, I’ll honor Him and, whenever He nudges me to go a certain direction or to dig deeper on a topic, I thank Him for leading me and ask Him where He wants me to go to dig deeper. It’s basically an ongoing conversation. I do tend to talk out loud, but sometimes, I’ll just ask Him without speaking aloud.”
She continued, “I ask Him to give me His heart concerning those who will be reading the book, and He always delivers.”
Shae’s spiritual gift of worship carries over into her live business training events. After a recent training event, one of the attendees reported,
“There is no earthy language sophisticated enough to describe what transpired at the event. It was indeed a 21st century ‘Day of Pentecost’ new birth experience for marketplace leaders.”[i]
Shae explained, “His manifested presence met us there that weekend. People were healed, delivered, restored, reaffirmed, and repositioned.”
[i] Shae Bynes and Antonina Geer, The Firestarter Effect: Making Jesus Christ Known in the Marketplace (Lauderhill, FL: Kingdom Driven, 2014).