Proclaiming Christ at Work
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Colossians 1:28–29 (NIV)
Can Christ be proclaimed at your workplace? The answer to that question depends on you. That, in fact, is where all proclamations of Christ must begin—with you, not with other people. Of course, many Christians consider the workplace off-limits to expressions of faith. They wince at the thought of proclaiming Christ there.
A few other well-meaning Christians do see the workplace as a great opportunity to proclaim Christ. But their efforts often appear to their fellow workers as either “trying to cram religion down their throats” or hypocritical acting. Such attempts to witness ignite a self-defeating cycle. Fellow employees’ negative reactions to such behavior confirms to other Christians that the workplace is no place to share their faith. So no one does so.
But you don’t have to err in either of these ways. Here are a few suggestions to help you proclaim Christ in your place of work:
• Work in ways that show you’re a competent employee. A poor employee doesn’t have much of an opportunity to be a good witness.
• Always act ethically. If you don’t, please don’t tell anyone you’re a Christian, and certainly don’t try to get them to be like you.
• Relate with care, concern, and fairness to all customers and fellow employees. Be especially attentive to this matter if you’re in management.
• Be respectful of the right of fellow employees to their own beliefs. Respect begins with listening.
• As opportunities for conversation arise, talk with ease about what your faith means to you. Don’t let proclaiming Christ degenerate into “arguing about religion.” Let your fellow workers know how your faith helps you.
Lord, please guide me today to proclaim You effectively in my place of work. Amen.
God's Man, Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Edited by: Don M. Aycock
In this best-selling daily devotional, the contributors include businessmen, writers, physicians, pastors, professors, and counselors. Some were retired, some were middle-aged, and some were only beginning their careers when they penned these words. Despite their differences, editor Don Aycock rightly notes, "We are exactly like everyone else with the issues we face daily." Their common goal here is to become God's man for their families, colleagues, and communities--and to help readers do the same.