Many believers feel they have to leave their faith in God at home. That God is not welcome in their workplace setting.
Maybe you feel your work culture is devoid of sense of morality; maybe you are trying to obey the constraints laid out by your HR department so as not to be tagged as initiating unacceptable workplace conversations; maybe you are scared of what will happen to you if your faith is known; maybe you are ashamed that your behavior thus far would not match up with your proclamation.
Whatever the reason, you feel as if the doors of your workplace are locked to God.
Let me assure you, nothing could be further from the truth.
God is not limited by culture, your HR department or your own insecurities. God is already with you, in you, when you step into the doors of your workplace calling.
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God opens doors and makes a way where there is no way.
Your part is to:
- Follow Him,
- Trust Him, and
- Know without a doubt that you are not alone.
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” (Col.1:27 KJV)
Isn’t it amazing the God lives within in you? Christ within you-the hope of glory. Everywhere you go, God is there. Every place your foot lands, brings God to that place.
It is impossible to separate yourself from God.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,…” (1 Corinthians 6:19 NLT)
If we live out the truth of this fact in our daily lives and actions at work, we won’t have to initiate a conversation about God @ work. It will be evident to everyone who we belong to. God will shine so brightly through us, that others will come to us and ask about God. Our part is to let the light shine. Don’t hide it!
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
It is impossible to hide light.
If I turn on a light in a dark room, even a small light, the darkness has to flee. You may be a small light. You may be the only light in your workplace, but you are still a light.
So how do we shine our light? How do we influence our workplace for God? How do we light out our calling in the workplace? What does it look like to “shine our light”?
Get out of God’s way.
First of all, notice that we are to “let” or “allow” our light to shine. That is the “Light of the World” -Jesus. Just as John said that Jesus must increase and he must decrease, we too must put God first and forefront, while our own selves are placed in the background. It’s called humility and it’s a beautiful tool that God uses.
2. Live like a child of the King.
When you “go public” with your faith, all eyes will immediately start watching you. Not focusing on what you say, but on what you do. People have met enough “Sunday Christians”, people have experienced enough hypocrites, to be cynical about those who call themselves Christians. And rightly so.
When your actions actually back up your words, that is when people will take notice. You won’t have to say a thing. They will see something different, something they lack, something they need.
They will see it:
- In the way you talk to others
- In your integrity and honesty when you make a mistake
- In how you respond to a complaining customer or demanding boss
- In your handing of difficult and trying situations
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6)
3. Be intentional in your relationships
It has been said that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Ask God to give you a supernatural amount of love and care for those in your workplace calling. (even for the ones that seem unlovable) Only God can do this. This is miraculous love, this is the love that God has for each soul that walks the earth. A love so great that He was willing to let His own Son die for them. That kind of love.
Everyone wants love. Everyone.
When you treat those you work with as if you actually love and care for them, they will notice. After all, isn’t that what God did for you?
How different would our workplace be if we did this? What kind of internal impact could you we have on lost souls if we lived the truth of God within us at work? What would happen if we paused before we opened the doors of our workplace and said “God, you promised that you are with me every where I go, you dwell within me, and I am intentionally bringing you into work today. Shine through me in this place!”
Go forward in bold faith today, knowing that God is @ work.