Not too long ago, I heard David Platt say, “You cannot have a private faith and a resurrected King!” Or, as we teach our children, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…hide it under a bushel, NO! I’m going to let it shine.” If Christ is risen (and He is), then we will live our lives – in public and private – in a very distinct way.
In 1 Peter 3:15, Peter wrote: “In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” Peter is assuming that our lives provoke others to ask the question: “Why do you do what you do?”
What that means is, we have to live provocatively. (Notice, I did not say “dress provocatively” – that’s a different kind of provocative that I would encourage you to stay away from.) How, then, can we live in such a way that we provoke others to ask, to inquire and to investigate our faith?
Thanks to some great online sources, I’ve compiled a list of 25 work-related ways to be an intentional on-the-job witness. Let me encourage you, don’t try to do all 25 this week. Pick one – work on it, pray for fruit and see how the Lord leads.
1. Get to work early and pray for your co-workers and the day ahead.
2. Make it a daily priority to speak or write encouragement to someone else.
3. Instead of eating lunch alone, intentionally eat with other co-workers and learn their story. (“Evangelism is doing normal life with gospel intentionality.”)
4. Bring breakfast once a month for everyone in your department.
5. Start a pre-work, post-work, or lunch time Bible study.
6. Create a regular time to invite co-workers over or out to eat.
7. “Put Christ on the table.” (When co-workers ask about what you did over the weekend, mention church instead of intentionally dancing around the topic.)
8. If there is another Christian in your office, meet and pray with them to hold each other accountable to the task of bringing Christ to your office.
9. Learn how to share the gospel briefly (as in, less than 30 seconds), so that you can communicate it in a conversation without hijacking it entirely. (For tips on how to do this, check out the book What is the Gospel? By Greg Gilbert.)
10. Make a list of your co-workers’/clients’ birthdays or anniversaries and send a note of encouragement on that day. If appropriate, ask, “What is one thing I can be praying for you this year?”
11. Make every effort to avoid gossip in the office. Be a voice of thanksgiving, not complaining.
12. Find others that live near you and create a carpool. Blare your pastor’s sermons there and back! (Ok, maybe don’t blare them, just play them subtly in the background.)
13. Be the first person to welcome new people to the office.
14. Make every effort to know the names of co-workers/clients, along with their families. Make a prayer list.
15. If someone mentions a difficult time/situation, don’t just pray “for” them, on-the-spot, briefly pray “with” them. Be sure to pray the gospel over them.
16. Volunteer to clean up for parties (or that nasty coffee pot.)
17. Hire a “corporate chaplain” if you are a business owner. If not a business owner, be the corporate chaplain.
18. Tastefully display Scripture in your office (especially verses that you are memorizing). People will ask about it.
19. Keep copies of The Reason for God, The Case for Christ, Gospel, or other solid Christian books displayed in your office (I do not recommend Osteen books for this.) Give a copy to anyone who asks about it.
20. Visit co-workers when they are in the hospital.
21. Go out of your way to talk to your janitors and cleaning people and others mostly overlooked.
22. Invite co-workers into service projects you are already involved in through your church (or company).
None of these approaches are a guarantee, but they sure are worth a try. DL Moody once told the story of a woman who criticized his evangelistic tactics. Moody replied, “I prefer my way of doing over your way of not doing it.” So true. May we each do our part, to intentionally provoke others to ask about the Hope within us.
This list and article is adapted from a blog post by JD Greear. For more, visit: www.jdgreear.com