What is the one thing that keeps you from sharing your faith at work?
Is it your HR department?
Is it your company policy?
Is it governmental laws?
No, it’s fear.
Not fear of losing your job or breaking some law or getting a bad review from your boss, that’s part of it. But the root fear is the fear of not being liked.
We all have an desire to be liked and approved by those around us. It’s part of our nature to want to belong.
“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” (Mark 16:15 NLT)
We often associate this verse with missionaries and pastors, but actually this verse applies to every believer.
The original language of that verse reads like this, “As you are going into the world, preach the gospel.” As you are going, in other words, as you go about your life from day-to-day: at work, at the store, in the airport; share as you go. Jesus didn’t place any limitations on this call, neither by profession, position or place.
Have you ever been treated differently at work because you are a believer?
Have you been ostracized within the workplace environment because you call yourself a Christian?
Then take heart, because you are in good company.
Jesus told His disciples that the servant is not greater than the Master. If they persecuted Jesus to the point of death, can we expect any less than some type of persecution for being His followers?
There are a thousand stories of persecution of believers through the ages. Most of the stories you hear involve people who are martyred for their faith or imprisoned for sharing God’s word. But there are countless stories that we have not heard of people being ridiculed, scorned and alienated for their faith.
All are forms of persecution. All seek to discourage people from sharing their faith. All can be expected to continue until Christ returns or calls us home.
If you are reading this and you live in America, chances are pretty good that any persecution you face is not life-threatening. Someone teases you, or avoids you. It’s persecution, yes; but it’s not like you are going to die from it.
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You are not struggling with the option of death or imprisonment, right?
And yet, that co-worker, boss, customer, vendor is facing eternal judgement with no hope of release.
I say all of this to my shame as well. The idea of feeling awkward or uncomfortable can be enough to silence my own testimony in the workplace sometimes.
So how can we share our faith boldly? Our recent series, we talked about what sharing your faith in the workplace is not; and 5 steps for sharing your faith in the workplace. But, here are a few quick tips and ways to share your faith in the workplace that may help you break through the fear:
1. Ask to pray for them:
Our co-workers often end up sharing their personal struggles or tragedies with us. After all, we all spend a lot of time together through the week. Whenever someone shares a burden with me, I ask if I can pray for them. No one has ever turned down an offer for prayer. When people are going through hard times, they often turn their thoughts toward the things of God, and it provides us and opportunity; a door to go through.
Sometimes, I even offer to pray for them on the spot, if they are comfortable with it.
Follow up and ask them if they have seen an answer to prayer yet. This will give you more opportunities to share with them.
2. Share your Story
Everyone has a story of how God brought them to their place of faith in Jesus. Sharing your story of spiritual transformation is a powerful thing. When we are real and honest about our past sins, and God’s power, it is hard for others to ignore the reality of God.
3. Live it First
When people see you walk the walk, instead of just talking the talk, they will sit up and take notice. An authentic life in Christ always makes others notice the difference. Eventually, after watching you and your life for months, or even years, curiosity will overtake them and they will want to know why you are so different. Which is when you go back to #2 and share your story.
These are just a few tips to help you get started. But the number one obstacle to sharing your faith in the workplace will always be you, and your fears.
So let me ask you, what would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Who would you reach out to if fear wasn’t a factor?
What person in your workplace calling just came into your mind as you were reading through this?
Will you pray for an open door with that person?
Will you ask God to give you boldness in sharing with them as He leads you?
If you do share with them and they steer clear of you for a while, or get mad at you, will it deter you from continuing to share with others?
Or will you instead think about all that Jesus, and others have suffered in the way of persecution and instead consider your self in good company?
As you go, share.
Squash the fear and share the love of God with someone today.