Last week I gave an account of how difficult I have found being in the workplace. It seemed to ring true with many of you and you have provided some excellent examples of how you have overcome this in your lives.
Whilst I in no way consider myself to be an expert, let me add my own ideas on how to the workplace can be made a place of worship:
1. Use Your Commute Well
Most people have a long commute into work and the freedom can be easily redeemed. Some may use it for prayer, listening to exhorting songs or even memorising scripture. I listen to sermons and lectures. However you use it, make sure your commute is made the most of.
2. Be Kind to Your Coworkers
It doesn’t take much to do something kind for a coworker. Can you cover their shift or help them with a difficult task? These simple acts of kindness are an easy way to show the love of Christ to those you are with.
3. Stay Out of Gossip
It’s very easy to get caught up in attacks on other staff members, especially the leadership. If you don’t get involved in this, others will notice. Whilst at first they may shun you for it, eventually they will see that you are a trustworthy and loving person. Everyone knows a gossip probably gossips about you just as much as your enemy. If you are not a gossip you quickly can become a friend to many people.
4. Seize Opportunities to Share the Gospel.
It’s good to know that even the apostle Paul had to pray “that God may open to us a door for the word” (Colossians 4:3). We too should pray for these opportunities and also learn to take them. So often my coworkers will blaspheme God or talk about an issue I have strong feelings on. These are open doors for me to share the message, and I don’t take them. I want them to be saved from hell to relationshi with Christ, and these are opportunities to preach to them the word they need. I must take them and so must you.
5. Plan Your Days
Richard gave a great example of this in his comment on the last post. I wish I could be as disciplined as he is. It’s certainly important to arrange your days in a way that will allow you to fit in the things you need to do.
6. Be Honest
Lying is almost accepted at most workplace “Oh I left that item at home…the computer ate it”. But honesty is a great witness, honest people can be trusted. Also remember this applies for your CV too. The worst thing you could do is lie on your CV and then have to eat humble pie after getting the job. Don’t ruin your witness, speak the truth not only when you tell the Gospel but in day to day life.
7. Set Yourself Targets
This is something I have started doing. It was an idea I got from CJ Mahaney who has an objective for himself as husband, father and pastor. It’s so easy to forget to apply the challenges we have in sermons. So if we every week think of something specific we can do in our workplace for the Lord we may not forget it so easily.
8. Be Gracious to Those Under You
This is straight from God himself (Ephesians 6:5-9). They are not any less than you so treat them with respect. Most bosses lord it over those below them. A humble witness will bring glory to the God who humbled himself on the cross.
9. Pray Throughout the Day
This is something I fail to do, but many have said helps them. Offering up short prayers as certain things arise will help build that consistent dependence on God that is essential. Of course these prayers can not replace prayers for spiritual blessings (which I would argue is the chief purpose of a lot of prayer passages in the Bible) but they are still very important.
10. Work as if Christ Were Your Boss.
Again this is not my Word but his. I’ll let Paul explain it himself.
Slaves,obey your earthly masterswith fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servantsof Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.(Ephesians 6:5-8)
Isn’t it amazing that if you do any God the Lord will accept it as a gift to him. It is not only preachers that do work for the Lord. If you stay after work to help a stressed coworker, God accepts it. If I really knew that I think that would make a profound difference to me.
What have I missed? I know you guys have plenty more experience than me, what advice would you add?