Serving God with Daily Choices
What is your job?
A popular method of greeting men and women in social settings, and a way many break an unusual silence is by asking another person, “What do you do?” Because our culture places such an importance on job descriptions, titles, and vocational standing, this question is a way of finding out more information about someone. Whether by intentions honorable or slightly less so, people care about what it is you do for a living. However, your answer to that question is an open door for you to give your testimony.
No matter what the setting, your job as a believer is to tell someone about Christ and His love for them. Sometimes we can bog our lives down by minimizing what we do to simply, our vocation. We are called to so much more than the temporal things of life. The Bible is clear that we are to be witnesses throughout the entire world. We often think like businessmen in our view of worldwide missions: “We pay tithes and offerings for our pastor to witness, our missionaries to witness, and since our money is going toward that service, we are doing our part.” One of the best ways we can reach the world for Christ is to die to self and become the missionary.
Far too often, we lose out on what God can do through us because we fail to see opportunity in what we are currently doing. We like to imagine new ideas, come up with a new plan, and see that come to fruition, but one of the best ways to serve God effectively is to start right where you are. He wants to use you, and He wants to use your business.
The question has been asked for generations: “What is God’s will for my life?” The answer to that is simple and can be summarized in one word: Obedience. Are you following the Biblical pattern for the victorious Christian life? The Bible outlines a standard of Christian living that is unparalleled in our culture, because abstinence, generosity, thankfulness, and other moral decisions are no longer taught as possible choices. Obedience to authority is a key to following God’s will in your life. The Bible tells us obedience is better than sacrifice. Most Christians are seeking God’s will for their lives but failing to follow God’s clearest commands from Scripture. Some of the key doctrines include Bible reading and prayer, Scripture meditation and memorization, and an active witnessing routine. James 2 reminds each believer that faith not seen by others may as well be dead faith. God sees our heart, but man sees the good works, and we are called unto good works. Matthew 5 commands us, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Knowing that we have a duty and responsibility to do good works, what are you doing as a business professional to magnify Christ?
What kind of business or ministry does God allow you to run? If you own your secular business, you have an opportunity to show your Christian heritage and represent Christ in a unique and amazing way. You have freedom in America to share your individual faith in your workplace. Our founding fathers fought valiantly to provide opportunities for future citizens to openly profess faith, share personal viewpoints, and give opinions without fear of reprisal. The United States affords privileges of free speech unlike any other country in history. Take advantage of the many occasions you have to share your Biblical faith with those around you.
If you have read our book, Keeping Christ in the Workplace, you know that you have legal standing to share your faith in many different ways. Our ministry encourages you to make a difference in your local community by influencing customers through visual means. Business owners can hang placards, signs, and show other visual reminders of Christ’s love and sacrifice throughout the store. While some individuals will not respond favorably—the Bible reminds us that the name of Jesus will be a reproach to many—others will be encouraged and be more likely to support local Christian businesses.
Ask yourself the following question: “What am I doing for Christ in my workplace?” You may be following steps to keep Christ in your workplace, but how are you magnifying Christ through what you do for a living? How is Christ being glorified through your bottom line? Is He receiving all the glory in your chosen vocation?
We choose to use the gifts that God has given us in many ways. A story was told of a man who was classically trained to play a trumpet as a young boy. He grew up taking lessons, and he soon excelled at his instrument. He was asked to play in the local symphony, and soon his name was known not only in his city but also throughout his state as an excellent trumpeter. Although he played professionally at many venues, he never stopped playing in his church whenever in town. He was once asked why he played in church. The inquirer said “You play professionally. Why are you still playing in the church?” The man replied, “I have played in church since the very week I was shown how to play. My parents taught me that this is the most important place to play. Audiences may shift from time to time, but it is an honor to play in worship of the King of Kings.” This man understood how important it is to use the gifts that God has given us in a way to magnify Christ.
When God bestows us with gifts, he fully intends for us to use those gifts sometime in our lives. Let me take that statement a step further: What God gives you the opportunity to learn and develop, he intends to use at a moment in your life. We often let passing moments drift on without realizing the full impact until days, weeks, months, or even years go by, when at that moment we are filled with an “I wish I had” thought. We think to ourselves, I wish I had learned this skill when I was offered a chance. I could have helped better in this situation if I had paid better attention. If only I’d developed that skill more.
Building on the thought that God intends to use what He allows us to learn and develop, we should take every opportunity to strengthen each facet of our lives in order to serve Him better. We should look forward at opportunities, and that will save us the regret of looking in hindsight of what we could have accomplished. While that thought rings true in business, let’s transition it to what the Bible tells us. Jesus spoke at length about talents and gifts and service. He rebukes the Pharisees for abusing the knowledge they had, and He chastises the young servants in His parables for not developing or investing their talents wisely. Jesus fully expected His disciples to use their talents and gifts to honor God, in devotion during the quiet hours as well as in their daily walk.
The Christian life does not start when walking within the doors of the church building, nor should it end when the service hour of preaching is done. We should all think of ourselves as Christians first, and we should view our jobs as an avenue to reveal Christ to others in our lives.
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