I’ve had the privilege lately of seeing an increasing number of people at all stages of life express interest in joining the global mission of God through the International Mission Board. Many wonder how they can be preparing to go.
On one level, it’s very simple: current faithfulness in your assignments is the greatest predictor of future fruitfulness. So, faithfully serve where you are.
One critical arena of faithfulness is your evangelistic witness. Being a faithful evangelist in the workplace doesn’t mean having Bible verses at your desk or preaching in the break room. Some Christians seem to think they’re not being a faithful witness at work unless they’re sharing the Gospel all the time. But that’s not true. Being faithful starts with performing your job to the best of your ability to the glory of God.
That said, work can open doors to sharing the Gospel, and we should be ready for opportunities when they happen.
Evangelism can be really hard. But it’s helpful to remember that we’re not the first generation to encounter challenges with it. When has it ever been easy to tell people about a guy named Jesus … who really was fully God and fully man … who really did live a perfect life … who really was crucified … and who really did rise from the grave and ascend into heaven?
It may be difficult, but it’s important for every Christian to participate in God’s plan for making disciples.
God has placed each of us in the location where we are and He has given us the relationships we have for a specific reason. We need to consider how to be good stewards of these gifts. Our jobs represent assignments given by the King. In these assignments, we are Christ’s ambassadors, entrusted with the good news of the Gospel.
Here are four ways to provoke Gospel conversations with people at work:
1. How we speak
The easiest way to identify yourself as a Christian is with your words.
The people you work with should know you are a Christian, that your faith is central to you, and that you attend church gatherings regularly.
Don’t operate in stealth mode. When someone asks how your weekend was, go beyond the standard response of “Good, how about you?” Tell them about church or how you shared life with church friends. It is increasingly rare to meet Christians in the workplace. Letting others know you’re a Christian makes you available to weaker believers and sets an example to non-believers.
We should also use words to encourage and build up. Go out of your way to compliment people on the work they’re doing. Let them know you appreciate them. Be specific and thoughtful.
Conversely, we must be conscious of the temptation to join in grumbling and gossiping. These patterns of speech are often normal in the workplace. As Christians, we are not normal — our citizenship is with another world. You may feel the magnetic pull daily to unload all of your cynical thoughts, but don’t give in.
Finally, use questions well. Questions are a great way to condition yourself not to be self-focused and self-absorbed. They draw people out, and they tend to cause people to ask you questions back. Something as simple as, “What are you reading?” can give great insight into a coworker’s life and worldview.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press