How to Be a Christian on Your Job
Does the person sitting across the desk from you at work know that you are a Christian? Do the people who have lunch with you know you serve God because you say grace before eating? Do those to whom you speak on the telephone know that you are a child of the Most High King because of your attitude during a dispute?
Surely your workplace is different from your local church. Instead, it is testing ground to put into practice what you have been taught.
The word of God should abide within your heart so that what you hear on Sunday should remain with you at work during the week. You should be an example of how to live even when the church doors are closed, according to James 1:22.
What Not to Do on Your Job
There should be something about you to let your boss and co-workers know that you are a Christian. However, that does not mean having your cubicle decorated as a religious shrine.
It does not mean you have to quote scriptures to them during the day. This does not mean you should minister to everyone who calls you on the telephone. This surely does not mean for you to use company time to preach Jesus to everyone you come in contact with.
It doesn't mean for you to study your Bible at all times when you should be working on a very important work-related project. It doesn't mean you should use company time to read and study your Bible.
There are ways to be a Christian in the workplace without doing things that are not appropriate.
What You Can Do on Your Job
Even when a boss treats you unkindly or a co-worker betrays you, you should still let your light shine. There are many occasions at work when you can represent Jesus.
So often, however, workers miss those opportunities. Instead of responding in love, they respond in an angry manner.
Employers and other employees are turned off when someone is always talking the talk but not walking the walk.
Here are steps to take when you feel wronged at work:
- See others from God's perspective. Take your eyes off your boss or an unpleasant coworker and look to the Savior. Keep your godly lenses on at all times and see them not as enemies but as conduits to test your Christianity in unpleasant situations.
- Pray for those who offend you. Before long you will notice changes in them; however, the biggest changes will be in you.
- Leave the offense on the cross. If you have ever been offended by someone who works with you, know that you are not alone.
How you respond to the offense depends on how serious you are about representing Christ. There is nothing a boss or co-worker can do to you that can make you suffer as much as Jesus suffered on the cross.
Think of this the next time you are offended at work or at any place.