Ministry or Secular????

27 Jun

Over the past 20 years I have been really priviledged to have worked in a variety of different industries and reaching the top in almost every organization that I have started out with.
Straight after school I went into missions in Southern Africa. After this
I worked as a site manager in construction. I studied theology, marketing and tourism (never finished any degree). Managed a backpackers lodge, managed and later owned a restaurant. Worked as a tour guide in Northern Namibia. Served as a Youth Pastor and tried to be a teacher.
I became CEO of one of the biggest Non Profit youth organizations in South Africa. I’ve been a salesman and Life Coach and I pastored a church. I have also manufactured and sold swimming pools.
Sounds hectic hey?
I WON’T LIE TO YOU, IT WAS. My wife can testify to that.

Before you leave the page, you might be glad to know that for the past 5 years I have been a manager and owner in the Hardware Retail industry.
There have been times in my life where I was hugely discouraged and things seemed to have never worked out. It took me 15 years to find my niche and I must tell you that those 15 years have prepared me so well for where I am today.

I really love God with all my heart and about 80% of the time I made a move to a new job, I was sure that I was led by His Spirit. I never understood what was happening, but the one thing I held on to, was prophecies over my life and a strong belief that everything works together for the good for those who loves the Lord.

There has always been an enormous battle in my heart between secular work and ministry. And this was one of the main reasons that I have ventured in and out of jobs so many times. When I was working in a secular job I always missed ministry and felt that I am letting God down. When I was in ministry I always new that I could be an entrepreneur and felt as if I was letting my family down.

I have realized that with God there is not an either/or. He first loved me, just as I am. He named me before I was in my mother’s womb and loved me before the foundations of this world was formed. I have learned to rest. I have learned that nothing I could do for God can make him love me more. He loved me to death, even before I walked this planet.
After this realization something amazing happened. I took a couple of weeks off for prayer and interviewed family and old friends. I asked them what they though my strengths, gifts and passions were. I asked them where in life they have experienced me the happiest.

These answers, previous prophecies over my life and secret desires in my heart, led me to a better understanding of what I had to offer the world. This made it possible for me to understand “God’s Calling” for the first time. His calling over my life is summarized in one phrase “TURNING HEARTS INTO NEW CREATIONS”…THINC
Now I work in an industry where we are helping customers to restore there homes daily. We are also buying and restoring businesses that failed in the past. And we just love ministring to ministries that needs organizational restoration and getting back to the original dream God had for them.

You see, it is not either business or ministry. But it is about finding that one thing, that one word, that makes you come alive. Take that one thing and apply it to all areas of your life. The Kingdom is not found in ministry. It is found in God’s Heart. Rest in Him and serve His people with that one thing that triggers you. May it be in ministry or secular, to Him it doesn’t matter. As long as He can stay your first love.

Much love


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Posted by on June 27, 2016 in Uncategorized


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One response to “Ministry or Secular????

  1. Giacomo & Marjolein Coghi

    November 20, 2018 at 00:13

    Greetings Jaco, I liked reading your post, this is what we live for. There is not sacred/secular split. The church created this, but all of life is lived “Coram Deo” before the face of God. We are to live out those principles and values in everything we do. We have lived in South Africa for a few months back in 1999 and early 2000. We have worked in the area of community development and it all starts with the individual, a transformation in the heart and mind, understanding the intentions of God to the fullest for our own lives, brings transformation what we do with our lives and where we live them. Thanks for posting


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