Sunday church is not the purpose of the Christian life. Sunday church is the vital training ground for the game… The game being the rest of the week – ‘real life’ in the ‘real world’. We were not saved to sit in a comfortable bubble of like-minded people, never engaging with the people Jesus died for. We were saved AND then commissioned to GO OUT and change the world. This is not a mandate for just some Christians with a ‘special gift’ with people who are non-Christians, but this is the call of ALL Christians (Matthew 28:19-20).
So what does it look like to be a Christian when we are not at church, but when we are at work and ‘in the world’? What does it look like to be a Christian in an office where people think differently, maybe even despise your belief system?
Navigating the waters of ‘the real world’ can be a challenge, but one that we are none-the-less called to.
To be an effective Christian in the workplace, here are some thoughts:
- Be authentic. You can’t be something you are not for long. People who see you day in and day out, good days and bad days, will get to know who you really are. You can’tput on a ‘Jesus front’, and sustain it if it hasn’t really happened in you! Focus less on performing, and more on genuinely growing in God (through His word and relationship with Him), so you are effortlessly portraying what He has done in your heart, mind, attitudes.
- Love people. People can sense your motives. They know if there is a hidden agenda. They also know if you genuinely care. We aren’t about saving souls for brownie points, we are about saving souls because God loves them, and we love them. Thankfully a genuine love for people isn’t something that has to be forced out. It comes through praying for them, and then catching God’s heart for them. We then find ourselves showing kindness, care, consideration, honour, and respect as an overflow.
- Watch your small choices. People will watch how you do the small things and equate it with Jesus. They will watch your attitude, how you speak of others, how you handle your money, your relational priorities, your time management, and the way you carry out tasks in the work place. They will quickly spot when something is counter-culture and observe the fruit of your life. If you bring in a negative atmosphere, if you are stingy with money, participate in gossip, use people, and your work ethic is not one of excellence and integrity, don’t be surprised if people lose respect for you and your faith.
- Remember God is with you. You aren’t alone. You are co-working with God (1 Corinthians 3:9). You aren’t just working FOR God, you are working WITH God. You are in it together, to get a job done. Let that reality take off the pressure, and instead embrace ‘being in the world’ as being an adventure and partnership with God.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.