One of the wedges the enemy drives into our lives is the wedge between our faith and our work. For some reason we develop a mentality of separation of the two and don’t do a great job of presenting and upholding our faith in our work. I’m guilty of it as much as the next person. This isn’t a time to get down on ourselves and say we haven’t done a good job. It’s a time to understand and acknowledge where the enemy is working hard to destroy our ministry and how we can pick up our spiritual defenses to combat the enemy’s attacks.
For starters, do the simple of task of considering your work—the people and the work itself. Now, most of the work, unless specifically in the Christian world, does not incorporate or leave room to incorporate your faith, and you’ll just have to deal with that. If you don’t work for a faith-based company, then it’s going to be difficult to inject your faith into certain types of work. But don’t let that get you down because there are other approaches to take. Let’s explore a few:
- The people (coworkers/colleagues): just as Jesus went out and searched for his disciples, as described in the Gospels, we must do the same. Consider whom you interact with the most, who is naturally drawn to you and whom you work well with. Identify those people because those are most likely the ones you are called to minister to. Pray for these people (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and pray for opportunities to discuss your faith with them. Spend as much time as you need developing a greater relationship with them and start introducing your faith as God allows you.
- The work: again, like I said, you can’t just inject your faith into a spreadsheet, press release or other document at work because that type of work doesn’t provide the opportunity. However, through other actions you can display your faith. Consider the emails you send, your reaction to certain tasks and work, whether you accept additional work or go out of your way to help another. These are all areas you can use to show your faith. For example, be the person in office people go to when they need help or advice. Developing that respect provides a perfect channel for expression of your faith.
The greatest step you can take is by understanding and acknowledging that wedge the enemy has built. Understanding spiritual warfare is a major part of our lives as Christians. We must believe it to be real and know how to combat it. In this case, we must understand our circumstances at work, where we have influence and where God is leading us in our organizations of business and work.
For encouragement, I offer this passage for all of you—But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Understand that displaying your faith at work is difficult and requires great effort on our parts, to be bold and to be courageous. But at the same time, we have a God who perseveres in weakness and loves to rescue the day for us. We serve a God who is not weak in the slightest and knows every way to combat the enemy, so why not ask for Him to fight with us and for us? Sounds like a good plan to me.
Let’s start looking to God as the leader and warrior in this case, and that He will provide ample opportunity for us to show Him through our work. We will miss opportunities, but don’t let that get you down. For the opportunities you do take, God will do the work, and it’s always mighty work when He comes in.
Bio: Trent Erwin is a freelance writer/marketer for Genesis Net Development, a passionate follower of Christ and firm believer in glorifying Christ through business.
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About the author: Greg is a strong believer in Jesus Christ and is also a political analyst and author. By day he is a self-employed non-emergency medical transport driver, as well as being an author and blogger. His articles are first published on True Conservative Pundit and Inspirational Christian Blogs, and from there the articles are widely published on many well-known conservative websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so leaving all links intact and crediting the author and the website that the article appeared on.
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