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How to Share Your Faith Without Losing Your Job

There are mornings where everything is going right. My son wakes up smiling, eats his breakfast, and doesn’t cry when I drop him off at daycare, and I hit every green light. Those mornings are almost as if I can give the Holy Spirit a high five.

Then I walk into work. Someone is gossiping about a decision they don’t like, or I get frustrated because someone called out and I have to cover for him. Even in a job you love, there are days where you feel the life is being pulled right out of you.

Even in a job you love, there are days where you feel the life is being pulled right out of you.

Matthew 5:14 says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”

As Christians, our presence should feel like light entering a dark room. But there are days where I feel like my light — the Holy Spirit shining through me — switches off as soon as I walk in the door at work. It is not always easy to be a Christian in a non-Christian workplace.

3 Obstacles We Have to Overcome When Talking About Jesus at Work.

1. It is against the law to openly share my faith at work.

As a teacher, I can empathize with this. There are days when I’m mentoring students who are lost, and I know what I need to tell them about is Jesus—but I can’t. These are the times when I have to believe that actions speak louder than words. When I have conversations with students, do they know I care about them? Are the fruits of the Spirit — love, joy peace patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control — so evident in my life that students can see the difference Jesus makes without me saying a word? (Galatians 5:18-25)

2. I feel alone in my faith at work.

It can be overwhelming and intimidating to talk about Jesus when you feel like you’re the only Christian in your workplace. But what if the isolation and opposition you feel is an opportunity to grow your own faith?

When we’re not surrounded by other Christians, it forces us to lean more heavily on the Holy Spirit within us. God always plants us in environments where we can grow. Your non-Christian workplace could be just the challenge you need to grow in your prayer life. Psalm 145:18 promises, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

The more we speak with God, the more we feel his presence. When you feel alone in your faith, accept the challenge to reach up to God then out to others.

3. They always say no when I invite them to church.

Inviting coworkers to church is one way to share your faith, but it’s not the only way. Your coworkers might not be willing to jump in and attend church, and that’s OK.Stories of great faith often start with great friendships.

Invite someone to lunch and pick up the bill. Invite your coworkers to do things you both enjoy, whether it is a cookout or pick-up basketball. Jesus tells us to love others, and the best way to love our coworkers is by investing in a relationship with them (Mark 12:30-31). You never know, your willingness to pursue a relationship might be the cord of trust that leads to them accepting an invitation to church.

The workplace is one of the greatest ministry opportunities for Christians. The challenge can be daunting, but the reward is far greater than the challenge.

By Derek Hamby. Published by permission.
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Sharing Your Faith is a Way of Life

Ever tried to share your faith and had someone argue with you about it? Scared to share Jesus because you may not be accepted by your friends or family if you do? Maybe you’ve shared your faith and they just don’t get it…they just keep arguing with you about it. The number one thing you have to remember is that it’s not your job to change their mind. It’s your job to point them to Jesus and let Him change their heart.

Here are 5 ways you can point people to Jesus without arguing over your faith:

1. Tell your story

No one can argue your personal story—what your life was like before you met Jesus, how you met Jesus, and what your life has been like since you met Jesus. It doesn’t usually make people defensive when you are talking about yourself and what Jesus has done for you.

2. Be consistent

It’s hard to hit a moving target. It is hard for someone to understand what Jesus has done in your life when one week you are strong in your convictions, but the next week you live how you want to live. This doesn’t mean you can no longer make mistakes because you will. We all do. Sometimes people learn more by how we respond to our own mistakes than anything we could say. This just means that you are consistently seeking direction from God and striving to live by it daily.

3. Love them

A very meaningful way we can show love to people, especially those that live differently than we do, is to show them grace. We don’t want to stand before them and be their judge of the things we believe they are doing wrong. We want to love them for who they are regardless of the choices they are making. When Jesus said “Love your neighbor as yourself” was the next greatest commandment to loving God (Matthew 22:37-39), he didn’t put any conditions on it. He simply said to love them.

4. Serve them

There is no better way to get someone’s attention than to serve them and meet their needs. When you are trying to tell someone about Jesus, but they have a significant need not being met, your words are meaningless. However, when you put them above yourself and meet their needs, they are much more open to listening to you. Jesus himself says he “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28). How can you go out of your way to serve someone that you can’t talk to about Jesus?

5. Pray for them

One of the greatest sources of power that we, as Christ followers, have is prayer. This is our way of asking the God of the universe for something. We are children of God when we accept Jesus as our savior, so it is like asking our dad help us out. What father doesn’t want to bless his kids? Especially, when what we are asking for brings him more glory! Jesus tells us that when we ask in His name (John 16:24), with the right motives (James 4:3), that we will receive. Pray for Jesus to reveal himself to them. Pray that Jesus would use you in the process. Pray for God to show you how you can better love and serve them. Pray for boldness to tell your story.

Check out our Exploring Faith pages for some helpful resources.