Discipleship at the Workplace
The workplace can be a dreadful place for some of us and it can be a delightful one to others. We are often too consumed by our job and piles of workload to realize that our workplace is a great harvest field. Many of us have the thought that secular work is purely out of God’s Kingdom and only ministry work is truly work for God. But that is not the case at all; we must not separate work for God and our professional jobs as two different things.
I once heard a quote that goes like this: “Work is not what we do for a living, but what we do with our living.” When God made Adam, He gave him the task of looking after the Garden of Eden which was God’s creation.
Genesis 2:15 (NIV)
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
No matter what we are doing, whether as a teacher, or a soldier, or an office clerk, we can still bring glory to God. We don’t have to wait until Sunday to do God’s work, but we can do it every day! We do not leave regular work to enter the world of the Kingdom, but instead, we are to allow His Kingdom to invade our regular work. A simple way to start being a testimony for God is to not see our work as mundane, but to find joy in everything we do. Don’t save your best for Sunday only, but give it during all the days of the week.
Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
This Scripture reminds me constantly why I should be giving my best for God no matter what I am working at. God teaches us to have a spirit of excellence and not be sloppy or lazy in our work. We should ask ourselves this question: “Do I only want to get the job done or do I want to do it well?” Work is a calling by God, let us not take for granted what we have.
To bring people from our workplace to Christ, we ought to let them see what our Christian faith is through our character in work, which includes the attitude we have towards our job. For example, if you showcase yourself to be a diligent and responsible worker, it would serve well when you reach out to your co-workers and share the Gospel. Of course, it is ultimately of the heart, we need to be genuine about it. We should work towards bringing Kingdom values into our workplaces.
You should know by now that you will find some friendships formed in your workplace that may go on for a long time. To witness to them, here is a tip: invest in their lives. Focus your efforts on some instead of trying to save everyone, but that does not mean that you do not witness to all of them, but choose some people you want to spend more time working on. You will find yourself making more progress than simply reaching out to everyone at a level where you are not able to go deep into what you want them to hear. Investing in their lives also means making time for them outside of work. Care for them and listen to them when they face trouble, be there for them when they need you, or simply hang out with them. Take advantage of every opportunity to be a testimony and bring glory to God.
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Yes, do not be conformed to this world, but offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. Our work is a form of our worship to God.
Let us pray.
“Father, thank You for Your calling to place me at where I am for a purpose. I pray that I would be a light in my workplace not for myself, but for You and Your glory. Grow me that I may have a spirit of excellence to do my best for You in my work. Give me the wisdom and faithfulness to invest my time in others and make disciples of them. Teach me how to be a testimony and how I can bring Kingdom values into my workplace. Help me to find joy in my job and not see it as mundane. Remind me that I should work as if it were for You and not others. Thank You for Your guidance, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”