Being a Christian is a full-time job that once you have clocked in, you never clock out.
So why is it during the time we clock in and out of the job we have, we lose our Christianity? As followers of Jesus, we are to make the most of each and every opportunity to bring glory to God…including the workplace.
Here are some ways to bring Jesus to work with you:
Make prayer a part of your “getting ready for work” routine.
Just like brushing your teeth, taking a shower, and combing your hair is all a part of your morning routine, so should prayer. Whether you read a scripture or two, are guided by a morning devotional, or take five minutes to pray, prepare yourself for the workplace by including God from the start.
Avoid the gossip
Gossip is almost never in short supply at work. Our job is to neither entertain it, spread it, nor create it. There are scriptures upon scriptures on gossip. But these stand out the most to me:
Don’t entertain it:
Even if you aren’t the one spreading or creating the gossip, the Bible still considers you a “wrongdoer” if you permit yourself to be on the receiving end.
Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip, liars pay close attention to slander.
How to stop the gossip:
The Lord is so perfect and faithful to never require something of us without providing instruction on how to fulfill the requirement. The verse below, to me, shows if we don’t be the “wood” to gossip’s fire, it’ll stop — at least at our ears.
Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.
Don’t spread or create it:
We’re being held accountable for the words we speak — which includes gossip.
And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you. (Matthew 12:36-37)
Accept promotions and recognition humbly
It’s only natural to be happy about a promotion or acknowledgment, but we must receive it with grace and humility. Remember, we only have what we have by the grace of God. In your period of recognition, lead well and point the glory back to the Lord, who has graciously blessed you with it.
Be the light
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
(Matthew 5:14, 16)
At your job, whether you work in a Christian workplace or not, you are the light of Christ. Your coworkers are watching and your actions can be a wonderful way to bring people closer to God.
When everyone is stressed at work, try to have the peace that surpasses all understanding.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
When the atmosphere is discouraging, using your words to uplift others.
Everyone enjoys a fitting reply, it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!
Always be prepared to speak about Christ, and the personal hope you have in Him.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
(1 Peter 3:15-16)
QUESTION: I’m curious, how do you bring Jesus into your workplace?
Please let me know in a comment below.