Can others see Christ in you?
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:3-8)
At The Other 6 Days, we believe that most Christians really have no desire to be ashamed of Christ but many do struggle with how to practically lift Him up in the workplace on a day to day basis. Listed below is a running list of simple yet potentially powerful ideas and ways that may assist you in actually demonstrating your faith so that your testimony and faith is visible. Peruse this list and pull out those things that will work for your workplace environment. Begin doing or being those things today! The point is to intentionally reflect Christ’s love and grace to our family and friends.
Things Visibly Christian…
- Start a Samaritan’s Purse or Angel Tree project at work (some Christian project to draw people together working toward ministry of service to others)
- Have a “fellowship luncheon” (connection time) that is Christ-centered on a designated day of the month or once a week.
- Build intentional relationships with an eye toward lifting up Jesus.
- Make a commitment to growing personally in your walk with the Lord daily.
- Prayerfully select 5 people on Monday morning and encourage one of them each day that week (verbally, by email, by handwritten note, etc.).
- Be intentionally open, caring, and friendly.
- Listen for opportunities to pray for someone.
- Take a co-worker a meal if (s) he is sick or going through a difficulty.
- Be careful not to participate in office gossip or react to conflict with anger. Listen and think before speaking.
- Introduce yourself to new people. Be intentional to love them.
- Affirm someone daily.
- Initiate a prayer and praise time at your desk or space with 2 or 3 other Christians (outside of normal business hours, once a week? for 15 minutes?) to encourage Christian fellowship at work. Others may join your circle when they realize what you are doing.
- Invite others to pray with you for a common/corporate need or as emergencies arise (an associate is injured on the job, someone from the office is involved in an accident, a 911 kind of day, etc.).
- Offer to place a co-worker on your church’s prayer needs list.
***Got another idea? Please email it to us and we will add it to this list! Send us a brief testimony of how it is working for you. Your victories and effectiveness will be an encouragement to all others, especially in your field or line of work.
- Take small steps. (Avoid trying to do too much too soon.)
- Approach all things in a non-denominational way.
- Comply with management rules and/or company policies already in place.
- Be intentional about your approach to your faith at work.
- Be willing to be accountable to others.
- Let compassion and forgiveness serve as a backdrop to all things outward.