10 ideas from professionals who love Jesus and love what they do.
There are days when from sunrise to sunset everything runs smoothly. Then others when you arrive at work, someone is critical of your efforts, another spreads negativity about coworkers and you are asked to cover someone else’s responsibilities. This is where the rubber meets the road, where faith is tested and where integrating your faith is not easy, but we are called to follow Christ in all aspects of life…including as professionals.
Matthew 5:14 says “You are the light of the world. A town build on a hill cannot be hidden.” Sometimes our light looks like a tiny lit match and integrating faith seems pointless. But it’s not. The way you live, speak, and accomplish your work has more of a spiritual impact than you will ever know and God is orchestrating opportunities on the job every day. Those around us are watching to see if they can see evidence of the God who lives inside. How we respond to each interruption and person we meet along the way will point to Jesus or direct elsewhere. When several professionals who love Jesus and love their jobs were asked how they “shine their light” and incorporate their faith into their profession, this is what they said:
- “Listen more, talk less and let you actions speak louder than your words. – Valerie, Manager of a Community Center
- “Spend time praying and studying the Bible so that God’s direction comes naturally. Make time to be a part of a fellowship of believers. –Michelle- Registered Nurse
- “I have a prayer list posted at work where my employees can write in requests or come to me privately. I have told them that I pray for them regularly. Several have written down prayer needs and they know that as their boss, I care about their lives and about their faith.-Steve-Veterinarian Business Owner
- “Working in a secular place of employment has taught me firsthand that you can, in fact, make the greatest impact on a person’s life by genuinely showing Christ’s love and also by living with integrity. The Lord has an amazing way of providing opportunities to talk specifically about Him.I think what is key, is to pray for the discernment for the right time to have this discussion, the right approach to take, and the right words to use.”Amanda- Counselor
- “Be compassionate… But be wise. Don’t confuse the two. Don’t conform and call it being compassionate. Be wise. Be yourself.” –Erinleigh-Managing Director
- “Don’t be afraid to encourage others and share how God helps you through your day, the good and the bad. Don’t be afraid to apologize when you mess up. This speaks more than anything. Try to show God working in your life when things aren’t always great, that also speaks to others, when they see how you handle difficulty with grace” –Shirley- Registered Nurse
- “No matter what job or career we pursue as followers of Christ, our primary vocation is being “Full-Time Christians” – at home, school and the work place. Don’t wait until you graduate to start representing Christ, do it now, especially in an environment that can help strengthen your witness and increase your consistency as a follower and ambassador of Christ.”-Doug- Pastor
- “Be quick to offer prayer. Many who might be resistant to Jesus, are open to prayer because it extends compassion and connects on a deeper human level. With discernment, be open to offering to pray in the moment when someone shares life struggles with you. Be sure to remember to ask later on how things turned out. It creates another opportunity to acknowledge God at work.” Calli- Marketing Director
- “In the business world there are so many people that do not have a faith in Christ, this means that YOU are Christ to them. Many times they have built barriers between themselves and the church, so they aren’t likely to wander into a church. If you are competent in your chosen field, ethical in your dealings with everyone, and appear to be living differently than everyone else, then you will have the opportunity to share your faith in words with them. If you fail to do the first three, your words will be empty. The other advice I would give is that people are watching you more than you think. You are Christ to them, so live that way!” –Kent- Landman
- “Preach the Good News. Be ready at all times, and tell people what they need to do. Tell them when they are wrong. Encourage them with great patience and careful teaching, because the time will come when people will not listen to the true teaching but will find many more teachers who please them by saying the things they want to hear. They will stop listening to the truth and will begin to follow false stories. But you should control yourself at all times, accept troubles, do the work of telling the Good News, and complete all the duties of a servant of God.” –Paul-Apostle of Jesus and Travelling Tent maker
Every day is a fresh challenge to live out your relationship with Christ. As others watch you rejoice, struggle, listen and share, pray that they would be directed to Jesus in some way and that they will see beyond the brokenness of humanity, to understand the hope there is in Christ and to come to know the God of the Universe. The beauty of this challenge is that it is God who creates the opportunities not ourselves. So from sunrise to sunset, listen and watch for those subtle opportunities to shine your light in the workplace.
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