God At Work Begins At Home
It's always best to start in the living word of God, whatever aspect of life we are looking at. Sometimes we don't associate our Christian lives with everyday life and therefore we don't think the word of God applies when we are at work. However, the bible says ‘your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path’ so let’s do our best to get out of that mindset (Psalm 119:105). Before work it's so important that we have spent time with the Lord. I strongly believe that faith at work starts at home in the morning. Read some scripture and pray for your day. As C.T.Studd said, ‘If you don't desire to meet the devil during the day, meet Jesus before dawn’ (Studd, No Retreat). If I'm running late I read some scripture whilst eating my cornflakes and then pray on my bike on the way to school. I'm a teacher at the moment and even though life's very busy during term time, I know that I have to give time to the Lord before work starts – it’s an absolute must, an imperative, and a joy.
Let's get one thing straight: Whatever job you are doing now in life, there is a reason for it. If we have been obedient to the Lord’s calling on our lives and stepped out into his will, we can rest assured that we are where God wants us to be. If you are unsure, you can ask the Holy Spirit to show you and He will. He will prompt us and poke our hearts, perhaps through the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. (See 1 Kings 19:11-13).
The book of Colossians gives us a very practical way to live. It tells us to do everything ‘in the name of the Lord Jesus’ (Colossians 3:17). Now that's a challenge if I ever heard one. Do we get up in the morning and say ‘Lord, today at work I'm going to do everything for you and in your name Jesus’? I believe that means that we put one hundred percent into all that we do and don't slack off. We need to be good stewards of what God has given us – Stewards of His grace and the ‘mysteries’ that God has revealed to us (1 Corinthians 4:1).
When at work I think it's so important that we live with great integrity and watch what comes out of our mouths. People notice if you don't join in with course talk or backbiting. Paul exhorts us to ‘not let any unwholesome talk’ come out of our mouths, but ‘only what is helpful for building others up …’ (Ephesians 4:29). We are a living testimony of Jesus and want to represent him in the best possible way. Do you struggle with swearing or coarse talk at work? Ask the Lord to help you take control of your tongue!
What is your ambition at work? For me the greatest ambition is to tell people about Jesus. I have noticed that even though it's jolly scary, people are open to it. It's taken one year for me to have some conversations with fellow colleagues and even pupils about Jesus but to my surprise people are open and crying out for their Saviour. Jesus says, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation’ (Mark 16:15).
Be bold - step out.