Do you believe God wants to use you? Do you think the laws and proper behaviors of the modern workplace make it difficult to share the love of God? Sharing isn’t just talking. Sometimes we need to serve others rather than just talking.
When I took a survey about the Christian faith in the workplace back in 2015, I didn’t define what I meant by the word “share.” Almost everyone thought “share” meant that we told someone else about the good news of salvation by faith in Jesus. And talking is one way of sharing the good news. But it isn’t the only way.
Do you like it when someone calls you to try and sell you something without being asked? We call those robocalls (and worse) and we’re paying millions right now to try and legislate them out of existence. So why would we be surprised that no one wants us to try to talk about following Jesus without being asked?
Service to Others
But our desire to follow Jesus should still make us different. For Practical Idea #2, let’s talk about how we creatively serve the people we meet. Jesus came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45).
“For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.”Jesus, in Luke 22:27 NASB
Several questions can help us see God-given opportunities to serve others. Do you regularly ask God to use you so that he might be visible at work each day? Do you try to do an excellent job at work? How often do you go extra or do more than you’re asked? Do you often finish your work early? Do you show up for work early or stay late so you can do more than is expected of you?
Visible Life Change
Hopefully, following Jesus will change our life, so others will see that we consider them more important than ourselves. If we try to show off, that never works (Matthew 6). Simply doing extra work is a way of getting ahead in our career. If everyone thinks you’re going the extra mile for yourself, they won’t see the grace of God in your actions. Therefore, ask God to show you how to actively work to make others successful possibly even at the expense of your own career.
Deliver God’s Grace
Remember, we distribute the grace of God so that he might be seen. More and more, we need to distribute the grace of God without a word. Let God make himself visible in your actions. Let God prompt others to ask. Like Doug Pollock says in God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally, we’re God’s delivery people. We just deliver God’s grace. He does the rest.
Do these questions seem over the top? Have you taken the Ministry Mindset Challenge? Ask God to show you the truth about your own workplace ministry. Then, if your ministry to your coworkers is less than you think it should be, act. Let’s act like the people of God every day, even when those actions make us uncomfortable.
This is the second part in a series about practical ideas. Check out the first post here. What other practical ideas can you suggest? Please explain below. Let’s stir one another up to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).