Have you ever been in a situation at work where you knew you should share about Christ with a co-worker, but just couldn’t figure out how to get there? I have been there too. I can tell you from experience that if you hear that still small voice, don’t ignore it!
One day I was in a conversation with a co-worker about churches. She told me she had grown up Mormon, but didn’t believe in that church’s teachings anymore. Her in-laws had taken her to a local church occasionally, but she didn’t feel comfortable there either. I told her about the church I attended and why it would be a good fit for her, yet I never actually invited her to come to church with me. I let fear convince me she wasn’t interested, when clearly she was searching. That moment is lost.
Thankfully I continued to grow and learned how to better share my faith. At my new job, I told a co-worker I went to church and why I loved it. She indicated she hadn’t been to a church in years. I took the opportunity and invited her to church. She declined, but I let her know if she ever changed her mind she was welcome to come with me.
You may have had similar situations as I have at the work place. Don’t be discouraged if conversations haven’t turned out the way you have hoped. Continue to pray for opportunities to share with those around you. Pray for people’s hearts to be open to Jesus.
A wise counselor once told me to remember that people are always watching you. This means non-Christians are paying attention to your words and actions: how you serve others, how you love them like Christ does, how you respond in difficult situations or the joy that you bring. They see there is something different about you because of Christ and they are probably skeptical, so they are waiting to see if there is consistency in your lifestyle.
Colossians 3:22-24 encourages us about work: “Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Although this may be speaking to slaves, it still applies to us who report to bosses.
I am sure you can relate to me with thoughts like, “Why am I working here?” or maybe you feel burnt out on the work you’re doing because it doesn’t have any eternal value. Don’t be deceived on what God can do through you even though it seems like a fruitless job! When you’re tired of the work you do, or you’re feeling helpless in expressing who you are in Christ, remember you’re working for the Lord.
It’s important to keep an accurate perspective about your job. God has placed you there for a reason. He has brought people into your life that are starving spiritually. Ask yourself: is your job too small to make an impact? Pray God would empower you by his Holy Spirit to work diligently for him. Pray for the people you should reach. Ask God to guide you through this process.
I would like to hear from you, what are some of your experiences with being a Christian in the work place?
Hedy is a graduate of Fort Lewis College with a BA in Psychology. She is married with a son. She can't get enough of God and works for Master Plan Ministries at Three Trails Ranch in Durango, CO. Before coming to Colorado, Hedy grew up in Sitka, Alaska.
Hedy loves to hunt and fish with her best hunting partner, her husband! Most recently she has been hunting in Colorado and Kansas. When she has a free moment or two, Hedy enjoys to knit and bake bread.
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