A few months ago I alerted to you the fact that I had started a new job. In the following months I’ve failed to minister to you guys properly over those months, and for that I apologise profusely.
Now I want to get back into the swing of things and it seems best to just comment on the difficulties I’ve experienced in the world of work.
Why, on entering the world of work, do so many of us who were excited about Christian things at University goes so stale?
Work Affects Your Ability to Evangelise
You’d think that being surrounded by non-Christians for 40 hours a week would make it easier to spread the Gospel. Not the case. At Uni there are many opportunities to sit back with your friends and discuss whatever comes to mind. This makes great chances to talk about the Gospel.
In the world of work you just have “working relationships”. You talk about work and maybe vaguely about what you did at the weekend, but deep philosophical conversations are a lot harder to come by and thus evangelising is much harder.
Work Affects Your Ability to Minister
By the end of the work day all your mental and physical resources have been poured into the job you have been doing. So to come home and start the work of ministry again is very difficult.
Work Affects Your Ability to Have Relationship With God
This has been the saddest one for me. Due to the sheer exhaustion of work, it sometimes takes hard effort to make time for reading the Scriptures and prayer. This central relationship can soon become extremely devalued.
Moving Forward to A Christ-Centred Workplace
These are the problems I’ve struggled with as I have started my job. Later this week I will list the ways I have found that help create life at work an opportunity for worship.
In the meantime, which of these problems have you struggled with over the course of your career? Are there any others?