I am a nurse’s aide in a hospital which gives me numerous opportunities to let others see Jesus in me in my daily work life as I come across patients and their families, co-workers, and complete strangers. Before I changed jobs in February, I worked in a restaurant as a waitress for almost two years. I have been blessed at both of these jobs to have such a large audience with whom I can share the word of God whether it be offering to pray for somebody or their ability to see something different about me as I walk in my Christian lifestyle with God. It is not easy being a Christian in the workplace, but I have rounded up some advice and tips for letting your Christian light radiate in your workplace.
As Christians, it is important to be different and stand out. If we are truly living for God and not for this world, then there is bound to be situations in our lives that we handle differently than those who are lost and living for the world. When we step back and take a long hard look at how we look, act, and talk in our day to day life, we we should see bold differences between us and those around us who do not have a relationship with Christ.
Often, as Christians, we tend to just go with the flow of conversation around us whether or not it glorifies God. We don’t speak up about how God views divorce, infidelity, foul speech, hateful attitudes, etc when they come up in conversation. However, this is the opposite of what should be happening. When we ignore an opportunity to share God, we are hurting our witness. One of two things could happen when we choose to step out on faith and share the love of Jesus in our work.
The first is that it could be awkward. This is always a possibility when speaking to someone who is not a Christian or who does not believe that there is a God let alone have a personal relationship with him. I can imagine how this could be a daunting situation that would send a red flag up in our mind because we as human are wired not to put ourselves in those situations. Is it not better to have an uncomfortable conversation with someone that could end in them being introduced to God for the first time or a salvation than to just bypass the conversation for something more comfortable that does not glorify God? In the end, people around you will at the every least know where you stand with your faith, and that they can come to you with prayer requests or heavy hearts and you will be an ear to listen and a heart to pray.
The second is that this opportunity to witness could touch somebody’s heart. We never know who all is listening around us, and we can never know the true condition of their heart. What we can do is to always speak with the desire to glorify God. Having a simple conversation about what you are studying in the Bible this week or the amazing things God is doing in your life can be so much more of a blessing to your coworkers than gossiping about things we have no business talking about. One simple step out in faith can open a whole new relationship with someone you may not have been that close to but with whom you can now share your faith.
Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
I pray that God opens doors for you in your workplace to share His love and spread His word. If you like this post, leave me a comment or follow my blog! I love hearing feedback and would love to know how you handle your faith at work.