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"For you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. Gods very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light."
1 Peter 2:9 NLT
Whether you’re a businesswoman, waitress, teacher, or doctor; sharing your faith in the workplace can be tricky. As Christians, we are called to share Christ’s love and the good news of the gospel with all people; but how can we do that when mentioning the name of Jesus is considered taboo in most places of employment?
It is easy to dismiss or forget the fact that we are always on the mission field. You don’t have to jet off to trek through the African savannah to be on mission (although how cool would that be?!!). Your workplace is your mission field. When you think about it, you are often around your coworkers more than your own family. Therefore, the workplace is the perfect opportunity to invest in people and show them the love of Jesus.
Now, the question is: How do I share my faith without being reprimanded, demoted, or even fired? You don’t have to walk up to a co-worker and boldly state, “do ya know Jesus?” If you are unable to directly share your faith, there are many other ways that you can show Christ’s love.
Invest in others: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says to encourage one another and build each other up. Take the time to go beyond the typical “Hi, how are you?” conversations and go deeper. Ask your co-workers about their lives, ways you can pray for them, and maybe write them a quick note of encouragement. Bring them a cup of coffee every once and a while. It’s the little things that often make the biggest difference.
Strive for Excellence
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Even if you are assigned to seemingly insignificant tasks such as sharpening pencils all day (been there…), work as though you are working directly for the Lord, not for men. Your co-workers will definitely take notice when you are happy as a clam completing the most dreadful of tasks.
Ditch the Gossip:
It is SO easy to get caught up in the latest gossip, because we all want to be “in the know.” Maybe someone posted something crazy on Facebook, or a fellow co-worker got demoted at work. Whenever you gossip, you are losing your Christian testimony, not to mention stealing another person’s dignity. We are called to build one another up not tear others down. As Christ-followers, we are called to be set apart. If a fellow co-worker who knows that you are a Christian see’s you gossiping, what negative assumptions might they make about all Christians- or even Christ himself?
Be humble. Show Grace. Be kind. Have self-control. Practice Patience. Be the light. Go above and beyond. Above all, love one another as Christ first loved you.
“This is our time on the history line of God. This is it. What will we do with the one deep exhale of God on this earth? For we are but a vapor and we have to make it count. We’re on. Direct us, Lord, and get us on our feet.”