Even just the thought of displaying your faith in the workplace can be daunting.
We’ve all been there. We are speaking to a colleague at work and we come to a point in the conversation where we had an opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus, and we hesitate. We pull back. We awkwardly change the subject because we don’t want to make it seem like we are pushing our faith on them and/or not being sensitive to their beliefs.
Every time this happens to me, I end up spending the rest of the day replaying the conversation in my head. How could I betray Jesus like that? How could I be ashamed or embarrassed of my faith? I should be shouting my faith from the rooftops and inviting everyone to join me! If I call myself a disciple of Jesus, then that means I am here to glorify Him and spread the Good News of His Kingdom.
Yet, time and time again, I find myself back in the same place. Holding back. Saying phrases like, “Jesus, or whatever you believe in…” Giving disclaimers. Finding ways to exclude Jesus’ Name so that I don’t scare the person away. I immediately begin to feel like Peter (John 18).
The truth is, this happens. We get sucked into the ways of this world and we forget to walk in the Spirit instead of by our flesh. We begin worrying about what the world thinks of us instead of fulfilling the calling God has on our lives. We forget that God has sent us into our various places of influence through our jobs and careers to spread His light to everyone who walks in darkness. Mark 16:15 tells us, “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’”
We are called to proclaim the gospel. God has us right where He wants us. We were born for such a time as this, and that time is now. Literally, wherever you are reading this article from (work, couch, train, bus, bedroom, coffee shop…) you are in that place and that space for a purpose. Wherever you are, you are always working to glorify the Kingdom. Even if you are just ordering a coffee, you’re working to glorify His Kingdom.
So, what does that look like at work? How do we spread the gospel to the people we interact with on a professional level every day, without feeling awkward or pushy?
We embody the gospel. We embody the work of Jesus. Jesus didn’t come to be served, but to serve and give himself as a ransom for many. In Matthew 20:28, we are called to serve just as He served.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”John 15:12-13
Every time we are that person who steps up to tackle a task and get it done, we are displaying the love of Jesus. Every time we run out to lunch and offer to pick up a coffee for the colleague who has had a bad day, we are displaying the love of Jesus.
Every time we lend an extra ear when we see a colleague going through a rough time, we display the love of Jesus. Our actions will always speak louder than our words, and by walking the walk, we simultaneously talk the talk. In order to spread His light, we need to BE His light.
We Put On Our Armor
In Ephesians chapter 6, we are instructed to put on the full armor of God so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes (vs 11). The armor consists of the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with readiness, the shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God) (vs 13-18).
This scripture is one of my favorites because it is where we start to get really real about the fact that there is a devil and this is what it takes to defeat Him. The Lord gives us an entire armor to equip us to fight. It is imperative that we understand that we are always fighting a battle in the spirit realm.
The workplace is one of the battlegrounds that the Lord sends us to fight in. As followers of Jesus, we know that our calling far surpasses the job title we happen to be performing and the physical tasks that come our way every day. We understand that the influence we have in our workplaces is a Kingdom influence. While we are answering emails, filling out paperwork, running meetings, and teaching workshops, we are also on the battlefield, fighting spiritual battles with the armor He has given us.
That may mean praying for the colleague that God has placed on your heart, praying over the building you work in and casting out the enemy and his evil spirits, speaking faith over situations that arise that seem impossible, and overall walking in the Truth of His Word. We walk in faith knowing that God is moving through us and changing the atmosphere of our offices and the hearts of those that we encounter.
We Share Our Testimonies
Lives are changed through storytelling. We each have a story to tell. A story of how God totally and radically transformed our lives. A story of a miracle He performed to show us how amazing He truly is.
And it is through our testimonies that have been birthed through our suffering that others can be encouraged through and ultimately believe in Jesus. As we continue to walk by the Spirit, taking each step He delicately tells us to take, we have the opportunity to open our eyes to the world around us as He sees it, which is totally different than how we see it.
Soon, we will begin to discern divine opportunities. We will feel that tug on our shoulder to share our stories. We will recognize when God is moving through a conversation, and we will naturally begin to share how Jesus saved us. It doesn’t have to be awkward or forced. And it won’t be. When led by the Spirit, it will be genuine and organic and at the right time that was orchestrated by God.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,…”Matthew 28:19
This is our commission as followers of Christ.
He has placed individual callings in our lives and will use our unique gifting to position us in those callings, but they all boil down to us making disciples of all nations. The callings He has placed in our lives, whatever and wherever they may be, are all to glorify God’s Kingdom.
So, even though there will be times and days where it will feel awkward, pushy, or even resistant, God has equipped us to spread His Word. We just need to show up with arms open wide, ready to obey.
How do you display your faith and glorify God’s Kingdom in your workplace?