A Christian colleague intercepts your deal

Market Place Forum:

An invitation to marketplace men & women to express an opinion of what you would do should a Christian colleague intercept your deal.


Lai Yon works in an insurance company. He is keen to do his marketplace ministry and his cell  prayed for him in his new adventure. He is happy to know there are other Christians in the same company. 

The next week Lai Yon came back very frustrated and puzzled. He was working hard on a client helping him to decide on a life policy. Suddenly he found another colleague had ‘cut in with a better offer’ and he lost his sale. On the same day, he received an invitation from this colleague to join him in the office prayer meeting.


       How would you advise Lai Yon?

We welcome your suggestions. We will post all answers in our Forum in next month’s issue.

Please limit your comments to not more than 100 words. Deadline: 18 June 2017.

Please mail to tekchong@iinet.net.au



  1. June 2017 Feedback from readers for: Issue 30 Articles about: A Christian colleague intercepts your deal

    Dear Goldie

    The first key to this is Lai making the decision to make this experience a stepping stone not a millstone which holds him down and back, we sadly live in a hostile environment of Humanity and one where ethics are a rare commodity in many and that includes those whom claim to be followers of Christ in the church environment in the 21st century. Mostly caused as the lines between right and wrong are not taught from the word of God and the Word of God for many is not the final word on how we should conduct our lives. Boiling it down Lai not all who claim Jesus is Lord is in fact LORD.

    The second key is when dealing with Christians is if they behave like a crook treat them like a crook, i.e. you do not apply trust; and in all your dealings handle them with the wisdom of God’s word: Be gentle as a Dove and Wise as a Serpent. A fatal error is to treat such people as how you would like them to be. A Crook is A Crook, A theft is A Thief, you do not give them the keys to the safe in the bank.

    The third key is to Establish the integrity and Character of the person in question, now that’s a far more a in your face moment as it requires you actually following the model set out in the word of God.

    Many find this difficult as confrontation is something most shy from! Why? Well there are a couple of reasons I’d highlight: Confrontation without out-of-control anger will require us launching from a firm foundation of who we are in Christ, and also us having Faith in God’s Word the what is in the book of Matthew is Gods Way; and our willingness to “Walk through what I call the Valley of the Shadow of Death” here on earth.

    The fourth key There is no sugar coating when walking in Faith in regard to “CONFRONTATION “. It is imperative we understand CONFRONTATION is NO COMFORT ZONE, yet it’s a pathway all who truly follow Christ will journey down whilst here on earth God never avoided man’s sin nor ignore or pretend it was not there he dealt with “the problem” and “the person” and (the nations at times).

    The book of Matthew lays out a clear path for how to do this whilst navigating the pathway of life.

    Matthew 18:15-17 (KJV)

    15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

    16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

    17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

    The fifth key is be prepared to not be received well and be willing to disconnect from the person or persons who reject the approach. i.e. walk away dusting off your feet and not looking back i.e. putting the incident as far as the east is from the west. Forgive and Move on without the person in question in your inner circle.

    Peace at all costs is not peace!

    Living life this way is the door way for Abuse to enter and bring a world of troubles and grief, and it is critical that door way be shut tight and locked down and kept that way, how you ask, “Apply” Matthew 18:15-17 (KJV) in your dealings with humanity within your inner circles of life.

    Closing Thought: It is said life is a Rose Garden, true but never forget its full of thorns, be careful where you place yourself.

    Rev Gary

  2. June 2017 Feedback from readers for: Issue 30 Articles about: A Christian colleague intercepts your deal

    Lai Yon needs support from his church cell to encourage him not to be discouraged in his called ministry as a marketplace ‘minister’. be given wisdom & love to work with his Christian brethren. clear out the misunderstanding.

    By Iron

  3. June 2017 Feedback from readers for: Issue 30 Articles about: A Christian colleague intercepts your deal

    Dear Goldie

    First one must find out whether his colleague knew about him working with this client before passing judgement. The text said that he was happy that there were other Christians working in the same company so there would always be competition between Christians and non-Christians in the workplace. So one must accept it whether it comes from a Christian or a non-Christian colleague to get a deal. One must try to get a sale by offering the best for one’s client so that no one cut you out. This is not a perfect world and everyone wants to make a living and insurance is a very competitive environment. I believe Lai Yon should attend the prayer meeting. His colleague may not know that he was working with the said client. If he wants to clarify the matter he can ask his colleague about it after the prayer meeting.

    If after the prayer meeting the matter cannot be resolved he can follow the bible teaching. He can get one or two colleagues to attend in another meeting. If this fails he can then asks a Pastor or an Elder of the Church to mediate.


  4. June 2017 Feedback from readers for: Issue 30 Articles about: A Christian colleague intercepts your deal

    Dear Goldie

    He should go to the prayer meeting and when there is an opportunity talk to the friend in private and express his feelings to him,then bless his friend in his insurance business.

    Peter chee ~ Perth

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