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Talking about God at work

by Randy Kilgore // February 6, 2018, 12:07 am

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“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33

Here are 10 things all Christians should consider as they sort out how to talk about God at work.

1.  People only want what looks better to them than what they already have – meaning Christians need to reflect characteristics that demonstrate the joy, peace and practicality of their faith.

2.  Listening is a better testimony than action. Offering immediate solutions only makes people feel stupid or makes them feel like you’ve reduced their complex issue to a simplistic one. It’s insensitive and impractical in most instances to offer easy fixes to people’s problems.

And while Jesus is the ultimate answer to all of our trials, accepting Him as Saviour should never be used as an easy fix to life’s pressures.

Listening is a better testimony than action. Offering immediate solutions only makes people feel like you’ve reduced their complex issue to a simplistic one.

3.  Don’t make the Christian faith about doing the right thing; make it about Jesus Christ. There are a lot of people from other faiths (and even no faith) who live ethical lives. We Christians don’t have a corner on ethics; we have an answer to eternity: Grace.

4.  The newer you are in a job, the less you should exercise your right to talk about God.

5.  The longer you’re in a job, the greater the responsibility you have to share Jesus Christ with your co-workers.

6.  You need to know the “second 10 words”. Most of us know the sound-bite version of our faith, but when people ask us questions, they discover we don’t know why we believe what we believe. In other words, there’s little depth to our faith, and it shows. There’s a reason the Bible says: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed.” 2 Timothy 2:15

7.  Don’t make sharing your faith about living a good life infront of others; make it about caring enough about others to take risks to change their eternity.

8.  Think about the eternal destiny of the difficult people in your workplace. It’s often the only way to get past the annoying things they do.

9.  Never share your faith when doing so disrupts the workflow.

10.  Stop witnessing to people who ask you to stop.

Taken from Made To Matter © 2008 by Randy Kilgore. Used by permission of Discovery House, Grand Rapids MI 4950l. All rights reserved.

About the author

by Randy Kilgore

As a writer and chaplain, Randy has released six volumes of workplace Bible studies (Thirty Moments Christians Face in the Workplace), and two books: Made to Matter: Devotions for Working Christians (Discovery House Publishers: 2008) and Talking About God in the 21st Century Workplace. He also contributes devotions to Our Daily Bread.