One of America’s favorite and most successful past reality shows was Fixer Upper by HGTV. My wife and I would love to watch Joanna and Chip Gaines joyfully take an old, worn out property and bring it back to life. It was a beautiful thing. But, what made this reality show so successful? Consider two things. First, both Chip and Joanna are Christians and they allowed their faith to permeate their work. They were not just house fixer-uppers; they were also people builder-uppers…to each other, to their children and to their clients. While their faith was not explicit, they choose to live and work in such a way to encourage, build up, love and serve others. The joy and laughter they shared was infectious, uplifting and attractive to the audience. Secondly, the show was successful because viewers truly appreciated how the Gaines’ transformed tired and broken homes. But, isn’t that what God does in us? He takes weary, broken-down lives and makes them new again. What’s more, He’ll use believers in the workplace to build up others and fix what’s broken. Sadly, too much of reality television today is filled with harsh and negative interactions that criticize and minimize…rather than encourage and reinforce.  God’s plan is different.

The Bible says, Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (I Thess. 5:11). Exhort one another every day as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13). Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Jesus said the world would know His disciples by their love for one another (John 13:35). Workplace believers are called to love others so that they will know that we are His disciples. We are conduits of His grace and we are to share it with an attractive and infectious attitude. We share it with a joyous spirit. We share it by putting others needs above our own and through encouraging words. We share it by modeling the life of Jesus.  

Your workplace challenge is to be a builder-upper to those in your sphere of influence. Starting today, look for ways to show Christ’s love through word and deed and make it your priority to build others up to the glory of God.