Are you a Christ follower 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? If you are, then what does that look like at work? Whether you are the owner of the business, on the management team or an employee, you have an opportunity to not only be an example but to also share what it means to know Jesus Christ.
What you may not realize is that you are sharing your testimony about Christ and your submission to him every day, the question is whether it is done intentionally or not. Your words and actions testify to those around you what your beliefs are. So the first thing to acknowledge is the truth of that and the second thing is to decide if your testimony is attracting people to follow Christ too. Don’t live a divided life, don’t be a Christian only on Sunday or only when you are with your Christian friends. The first part of that testimony that people will you judge you on is how good of an employee or manager or owner you are. Don’t stumble on that starting point. “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
Remember that following Christ is a relationship and relationships take time, which also applies at work. Be someone who listens to people and their problems, relate to them and demonstrate a caring attitude. Don’t think of sharing Christ as a one-time evangelistic event. You may have an opportunity to do that with someone, but most likely not until you’ve developed a level of trust first. Don’t force discussions about your faith on people, but always be ready to share what Christ is doing in your life.
In addition to demonstrating your testimony by the way you conduct yourself, use some outward representations of your faith to prompt discussions. Keep a Bible in plain view on your desk or let people know about the Bible app on your phone. Display Christian art work if you have an opportunity to do so.
When an opportunity to share arises, be careful of using Christian jargon, don’t demonstrate a judgmental attitude, don’t get drawn into denominational discussions, don’t get defensive if attacked and don’t try to have all the answers. Be graceful, be respectful, be loving, be Christ like and be patient. Share in multiple ways and multiple times. Be careful about going for “the decision” unless it is very clear you are at that point. When that time comes there are some great tools that you can use to present the full gospel message. The Navigators have wallet cards with the One Verse Evangelism tool based on Romans 6:23. e3 Resources has the eCube, eBall and eBank. Tyndale House has a nice inexpensive New Testament for less than $2 available at many online retailers. A great choice to leave on your desk and give away to anyone interested.
If you are the owner of the business then you have an even greater opportunity to be explicit in your public proclamation of your faith. Again, how you conduct business, interacting with employees, customers, vendors and even competitors will speak louder than your words. Practical things you can do as owner are keeping a Bible visible on your desk, referring to scriptures for guidance in decision making, having free New Testaments in your common areas (the Abundant Life NT is a great choice for this), incorporating prayer into the beginning of meetings, honoring God in your company vision or mission statements, share your testimony at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter either verbally or in company communications, subsidize employees and their families attending Christian seminars or camps, allow employees to participate in prayer times or Bible studies, and provide opportunities for employees to come along side you in ministries serving the poor. These are just a few of hundreds of ideas.
Just as important as sharing your faith with someone who isn’t following Christ yet is helping a new believer get started properly. It’s the disciple part of the Great Commission, which is given to all of us who are Christ’s disciples. Help them get a Bible and start reading it, help them find a Bible teaching church and be there to answer their questions, invest time in them and do it in a gentle, not dictatorial manner.
Think how the kingdom could be advancing if we all were obedient to this commission, within the talents and abilities we have, within the opportunities we have, which are still greater than professional clergy or missionaries have simply because of time and place. Be a disciple-making disciple.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.