Evangelism in the Workplace by Richard Guerra

February 6, 2019

What's the first place that comes to your mind when you think of the mission field? The local park? A street corner? Maybe Africa? For most of us, the workplace is the last place we think of, but it is where we spend most of our time. This gives us a great responsibility as we put our faith out in the open and work with integrity and excellence so that our witness would be blameless (1 Timothy 6:1). Here are some ways that we can be good servants of Christ in the workplace as we seek to make his name known:
  1. Recognize the value of work More than just a means to earn a living, God's word has declared that our work is a holy calling. As we begin our workday, our hearts should recognize that our job is to be set apart as service not merely to men but unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). This means we arrive on time, work with excellence and serve our coworkers in a way that is worth of the gospel.
  2. Use your lunch break There's nothing more contradictory to being a Christian in the workplace than spending all your time sharing the gospel while on the clock. Use your lunch breaks as opportunities to start a bible study or take a coworker to lunch. The atmosphere is more relaxed and coworkers may open up more outside of an office setting. And it may be a good idea to adorn the message by picking up the bill.
  3. Use holidays My company, often in the festive mood, gives freedom to employees to decorate cubes, stuff stockings and cook delicious meals. This is a unique time to think up creative ways to share your faith.
  4. Build long-term relationships A huge advantage of the workplace is the constant contact we have with coworkers. Rather than becoming irritable and annoyed as we witness the day-to-day habits of the guy in the cube next to us, the office is fertile soil to plant seeds and build long-term relationships. Use each day as a new opportunity to consistently invest time and truth into your coworker's life.
Being known as a Christian in the workplace can be a heavy responsibility, but as ambassadors for Christ we are commanded to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). As we pray for strength, we can be confident that God has a plan and purpose for us even in the workplace. Let us go to work every day seeking to be a witness to His grace. Richard Guerra.