In general, people spend more time at work than any other activity. The same holds true for Christians. We want our entire lives to please God and the portion we spend at our “9 to 5” is not exempt. God never intended any portion of our lives to be lived apart from Him.
We are ambassadors for Christ every day — including during our workday. We stand in agreement with the Apostle Paul, who declares in Romans 1:16 that we are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ … right?
Our identity, which is rooted in Jesus Christ, does not end just before stepping in the workplace doors and resume after we leave. It is who we are 24/7/365. Without understanding this chief principle, we can fall into the trap of turning the presumed “Christian” parts of our lives on or off like a light switch, depending on where we are and who’s around.
When it comes to our 9 to 5, some of us may relate to the thought, “Yeah, I’m a Christian but what does that have to do with my job?”
The answer: God cares about you AND your 9 to 5. It all belongs to Him, including your work.
God’s view of work is so important that He opens the Bible by discussing His own work in Genesis, and said that it was good. God worked to create everything, including work itself and each of us.
Colossians 3:23-24 (NASB) teaches us, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”
As sons and daughters of God, we must willingly submit our lives to Him – including our work life. Even if we merely see our jobs as a means to pay the bills, God sees value in it. God is omnipresent. He is everywhere all at once, even at work. When we invite God into our work lives, we invite meaning, purpose, and divine opportunities that only He can orchestrate.
Your faith can help you at work.
Our jobs present countless issues that pressure test our faith every day. It runs the gamut: workplace conflicts, project mistakes, frustration with management when we get passed up for promotion, stress, and overwork … every job has a unique set of challenging realities. In these moments, we only control one thing: how we respond.
- Will we be quick to anger or draw upon God, who is in control of all things and situations?
- Will we remember that we first serve Him before we serve man?
- Will we remember that we are ambassadors for Christ?
As Christians, we must employ energetic faith daily to not miss opportunities to experience God at work. No matter how difficult situations may get, we can find comfort in the indisputable fact that God is God, and nothing is too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32:27). Even on the busiest of days, we can take a moment to invite God to minister to our hearts through His Word.
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end — Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:1-2 MSG)
Your faith can help others at work.
When we leave God out of our “9 to 5” (or other hours that we work), we ultimately rob people of experiencing the Christ who lives in us. For many of our co-workers, we may be the only representation of Christ they see. We are called to “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NASB)
What type of light are we shining at work? Does it glorify God?
We are called to love all people, even those who seem unlovable. This doesn’t mean accepting blatant disrespect, abuse or forgoing professional ambitions. Staying connected to God will remind us that we aren’t perfect, and neither are our co-workers. As we walk through challenging work situations with strength, joy, peace, and resilience that only comes from the one true living God, we preach the Gospel without saying a word.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” (1 Peter 3:15-16, NIV)
Consider this working truth: Real promotion comes from God.
Our work is another aspect of our life’s journey that God can use to shape, mature, and position us in purpose while blessing others through us. Our jobs teach us about being stewards at our current level at work so that God can prepare us for real promotion, which comes from Him.
Today, begin to ask God:
- to give you a fresh perspective about your job
- how He wants to use your gifts and talents at your job
- how He wants to use your work to deepen your relationship with Him and serve others
- to help you show His love to those you work with
Tomorrow, when you go to work, we encourage you to take God with you!
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17)
Lonnetta is a senior communications and public relations strategist with degrees from Dillard University and American University. She loves quality time with friends and family, the arts, travel, mentoring and volunteerism. Lonnetta is a student of health, nutrition and fitness. She loves God and using creative expression for His glory! She currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa and is active in various church and community initiatives. (And she is a proud member of The One University!). Follow her on Instagram @lonnettarenee