How can you share your faith at work without being obnoxious or without getting fired?
Dr. Randy Carlson, president of Family Life Communications and host of “Intentional Living,” said life is full of opportunities at the appropriate time.
“Be a real kind person, and then be specific,” Dr. Carlson said. “Be specific about how God has made a difference in your life. At the end of the day, if you want to reach someone for Christ, you have to get into their world, their experiences and their hurt.”
Today’s Christian Woman offered a revealing look at the subject recently. It offered these tips for appropriate witnessing.
The top five on the list:
- As you deepen friendships with co-workers, ask sincere questions and truly listen in a spirit of caring as they share about their lives. When appropriate, tell others you’re praying for them. (Then make sure you actually do pray!)
- Make it a daily habit to pray as you drive to work or as you walk into the office; ask God to help you see your workplace as a mission field.
- Refuse to hide or play-down the importance of your faith. When it naturally fits a conversation, freely talk about the role your church, prayer, Scripture, and Christian community have in your life. Let others see the joy and purpose you find in your faith.
- Emphasize the importance of God’s love for all people by initiating opportunities to lead your co-workers in service or charity. For example, lead a canned food drive for a local food pantry or organize your company’s annual blood drive. When appropriate, share in conversation how you are motivated to help others by God’s character and his love.
- Start or join a lunch-time Bible study or prayer group at your office.
Faith is an important and favorite topic of conversation. You will have chances to share your testimony at key times, so be ready to talk about how you came to know the Lord.
Most people say they believe in God, but He’s a vague concept to some. A group called “I Am Second” has posted a series of video testimonies about how the Lord has worked in the lives of famous people. One comes from New York Times best-selling author, Eric Metaxas. He had a dream that changed everything in his life and led him to believe wholeheartedly in God.
Dr. Billy Graham wrote about sharing faith in his daily newspaper column. He suggested being a good friend and listener and praying for the opportunity to witness. He underscored the importance of avoiding “arrogance and preachiness.”
If you could do ONE THING and know that it would make a significant, lasting, possibly life-changing difference in your life, would you do it? Dr. Carlson shares the power of ONE THING and why you should get started doing your ONE THING today.
What have you done to share your faith? We’d love to hear your success stories. Post your comments below.