Kingdom Marketplace Ambassador Report
By Clay Sikes
In building anything of spiritual significance, we must always ask ‘why,’ ‘how,’ and ‘what.’ In forging ahead with the question of ‘WHY’ our businesses, Coastal Solar and Ag Solar Solutions exist, we find answers from deep within – we know we were created to attend to ‘works’ prepared beforehand for us to attend (Ephesians 2:10). Now is the time for monumental shift and change in the marketplace – the old systems are dying – the civilization of maximum ‘me’ mindsets, maximum material consumption, bigger is better, and special-interest ‘group decision’ has led us into a state of organized irresponsibility, collectively creating results nobody wants. There MUST BE something better. ‘WHY’ do we exist? There must be something better, and God has provided a superior way – The Kingdom.
This change is not about exchanging simply one mindset for another, but rather tapping much deeper into God and who and what we really want to be as the body of Christ. It is a future that we can sense, feel, and actualize by shifting the inner place from which we operate, the old wine skin, to something entirely new – The Kingdom. It is a future, in moments of divine thought, begins to PRESENCE itself in us and eventually through us…The whole creation is groaning for us to manifest. The emerging ‘NEW’ was projected by Daniel in Daniel 2:44,45, and John in Revelation 11:15.
The shift taking place now is the shift from an ego-system awareness that cares about the well-being of oneself exclusively, to an eco-system awareness that cares about the well-being of all, including oneself. When operating with the ego-system awareness, we are driven by concerns and intentions of our small ego self. When operating with eco-system awareness, we are driven by the concerns of the well-being of the whole – those within the current model, and those who will come later.
The prefix of eco – goes back to the Greek word ‘oikos’ and concerns the “whole house.” The word economy can be traced back to the same root. Transforming our current ego-system economy into an emerging eco-system economy means reconnecting economic thinking with its real root, which is the well-being of the ‘whole house’ rather than money-making or well-being of just a few of its inhabitants. But while the whole house was for Greeks something very local, today it also concerns the well-being of our global communities and planetary eco-systems. This shift in awareness from ego-system to eco-system is something that we are approaching and living through not only as groups and organizations, but also a global community. The whole creation is groaning for us to appear. Pioneering the principles and personal practices that help us to perform this shift may well be one of the most important undertakings of our time. To be chosen to be part of this is humbling!
In creating building blocks for the future economically, the functions should extend far beyond making money – sustainability in every area should always be the goal; recognizing we are many members but one body. Sustainability goals should always rest on what is best for all of us, as a body. The more people that benefit in what you are doing, the greater the sustainability model. For example, when solar customers see that their investment benefits far more than just themselves, they are far more apt to invest in the future.
Bridging the gap between ego-system reality and eco-system awareness is the main challenge of leadership today. Decision-makers across the institutions of a system have to go on a journey from seeing only their own viewpoint (ego-awareness) to experiencing the system from the perspective of the other players, particularly those who are most marginalized – The goal must be to co-sense, co-conspire, and co-create an emerging future for their system that values the well-being of all rather than just a few.
THE ONE MAN SHOW IS OVER. A crippling fact in moving from ego to eco are stout traditions that stakes all decisions on what is best for me, not on what is best for us. To make this journey we must 1) Put others first. 2) Relate better to the whole system of putting others first. 3) Recognize we are shifting systems; to one that pays great dividends in many of life’s arenas. Letting go of the past (methods) is key to letting the new arrive. KEY: The ‘ME FIRST’ pursuit of wealth as a simple measure of worth destroys community, environment, economic, and ultimately, moral value. One who pursues money will never see the Kingdom of God; in fact, those who do are called “pagans” by Jesus (Matthew 6:32).
Once we realize and build a right economic model, one that benefits the most people, one that locates and places people in their highest gifting (insuring their ability to shine), one that promotes proprietorial involvement and participation in company earnings, the more sustainable that company becomes. Interestingly, we begin to see the origins of a living functioning cells as the entity becomes an organism of life, self-sustaining by its very nature. As more called men step forth into this model the covenant of Deuteronomy 8:18 emerges – wealth creation flows and wealth transfer begins. The systems of men are handed over to the saints of the most High God, as Kingdom organisms (A part of the living Body of Christ) replace the organizations of men (Daniel 7:27).
Wealth creation comes by the many-membered body sharing in wealth creation by virtue of their faithfulness to their calling, and commensurate with their leadership contribution. Wealth disparity, so prevalent today, is diminished, the new wine skin is inclusive of others as the whole house is blessed as the organism is blessed.
WHAT IS GOD USHERING IN NOW?
He is building a functioning body, one that actually does something significant in the earth. Beyond the obvious joy of salvation, comes the obvious joy of fulfilling the purpose for which we were made (Ephesians 2:10); attending to the works God prepared beforehand for us TO DO. Major to the arena of individual purpose, is today’s significant move of corporate purpose – a functioning body.
What should we look for?
Connections, plain and simple: God has called us to connect. This is not connection for the sake of connection, but rather connecting ‘the parts’ that are ‘called’ to be connected. Connection is the first sign of genuine purpose coming into view. Our ultimate purpose is to be part of a functioning body – doing, being, and talking (witnessing) AS ONE: One with each other and one with Him.