BEING A MISSIONARY IN THE WORKPLACE

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I believe Christians are needed everywhere in the world.

God is creative. Just look at the people around you. Each of us are so different, but yet we are all made in the image of God. We have different personalities, different talents, interests… And it’s for a reason. God made you the way you are with a specific thought and purpose for your life. You are the only one best at being you, and you reflect God in a unique way.

In the Bible, we can see how God uses ordinary people from various backgrounds with completely different gifts, character, and experience. We see royals, musicians, judges, artists, fishermen, businessmen, academics, men, women, mothers, fathers, old and young.

The Bible says we are called to be salt and light (Matt 5:13), called to influence. As citizens of heaven (Phil 3:20) we are called to be in this world, but not of it. To live with a different mindset than the rest of the world around us. To be ambassadors for God and who He is (2 Cor 5:20). As we are in our workplaces or spheres of influence we have the opportunity to be led by God, both in our everyday work and to people around us.

In my work in healthcare I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of different people of all ages and different cultures. Most of them I probably would have never talked to otherwise. I see it as a great privilege for us in healthcare to talk to these people, explore their thoughts and needs, and try to help them in the best way possible. I believe that’s a place where we can be open to the Holy Spirit and His guidance. God loves each and every one we meet and he knows where they are at and what they are struggling with. If we ask Him, He can give us the exact right words to say at the right time or give us an idea of what to do in a specific situation. God wants to be part of what we do every day. He wants to show himself and his character to the people around us. Ask the Holy Spirit for Him to guide you.

I have experienced how I have been able to find words to say that have been keys to unlock difficult conversations. I have sensed how God’s peace has come tangibly in the midst of a busy hospital room. I have seen how just a small quiet prayer has completely changed the atmosphere and outcome of a challenging work situation. Neither of those things is something I could have worked up on my own, but I believe that’s how the Holy Spirit has worked in these situations. My hope and prayer is that the people I meet, no matter for how short or long a time, will get a sense of God’s presence and His enormous love for them. That what we do or say, through the Holy Spirit, can plant something that can continue to grow.

God can use you everywhere and in any circumstance. Whether you might be studying at university, working in a store or at a company, in arts, at a hospital, with kids in school, or having your own business, there is no place where you are insignificant to God.

I believe that God can give us the skill and wisdom for the work we do in our different workplaces and areas of influence. In the Old Testament when they were building the tabernacle and making the priests’ garments God told Moses to “speak to all the skillful whom I have filled with a spirit of skill, that they make Aaron’s garments…” (Ex 28:3). Other examples from the Bible are David and Asaph, gifted musicians and songwriters. Tabitha was known for her acts of charity. Joshua was a strong leader. Noah built an ark in a time where something like that had not been built before.

If we desire and decide to honor God with what we do in our everyday life, then God will use us for His glory, whatever place we are in. Paul writes “for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10) and “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…” (Col 3:23). Maybe you’re not exactly at the place you would want to be right now, but even so, God can and wants to use you there too.

So – what’s your passion? What do you dream about?

How can you make God part of your workplace and what you do?

Ask God what He wants to do through you and watch what happens.

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