Have you ever thought about ways you can represent God or bring about spiritual conversations simply by praising God for the things He does at your work? In the following video from workmatters.org, John Roberts (President of J.B. Hunt Transport) shares with us about bringing faith into our work by finding opportunities to give praise.
As I watched the video below from Right Now Media, I wondered how many people feel like she does. Everyday folks who say to themselves, “I’m just a ______ .” I bet millions do.
What if we were to look at our work as God’s place for us to live, breathe, and speak the Gospel? To make the Kingdom come alive in that place? What if we were placed there to be more than “just a florist”, but rather as God’s instrument of grace and redemption? It might take boldness, intentionality, creativity, mercy, patience, or other gifts …. but it could change the world.
Are you looking for creative ways to share the Gospel? Have you tried the “3 Circles” approach? Check out the video below that walks us through this tool to turn any conversation about the brokenness in our world into a spiritual conversation with Jesus as the solution.
When I first started the journey to connect my faith and work, I was at a conference and heard a talk by Ruth Siemens. Ruth had started a tentmaker organization called Global Opportunities (www.globalopps.org), and had authored several papers and books.
One paper that Ruth had written was about workplace evangelism and how to fish out seekers. I still vividly remember her comparison of a fisherman’s strategy to that of a hunter-gatherer! Some things may have changed since the article was first penned in 1997, but you will still find many of the principles both relevant and important. The full article is about 25 pages long, but I think it’s well worth the read. It might spark some new ways of thinking for you, just as it did for me those many years ago.
As we seek to integrate our faith and work in a way that advances the Great Commission, the task can feel overwhelming at times. Do you ever experience the fear of failure? As you seek to become more intentional about your prayers and conversations in the arena God has placed you, I hope you are encouraged by this video from Curtis Sergeant.
A friend recently shared with me about how he had engaged in spiritual conversations with college students back when he was working for a public university. God set up the opportunities, and he took advantage of them. But as fruitful as many of those talks were, my friend felt that making disciples was something different. He said, “Since then, I have concluded discipling is serious and deliberate. It seems to be distinct from sharing in a moment. Both we must do. But, discipling seems to be more intimate, local and longer term.” This speaks of intentionality, or purposeful investment, of life-on-life transformation. The opportunities are many, but so are the obstacles we place in the way. Are you ready to be “serious and deliberate” about making disciples among those around you?
Today I am reminded about a video by Penn Jillette and wanted to share it with you. Jillette, an avowed atheist, explains how he viewed a person who handed him a Bible. Although Penn remained an atheist, he actually ended up respecting the “proselytizer” more because his act of giving the Bible represented true care and concern. In fact he essentially adds, “If you truly believe I’m headed to a literal place called Hell, and if Hell is as bad as you say, how much do you have to hate me not to tell me about it?”.
For me, the video spoke to our need for boldness, genuine care for others, intentional spiritual conversations, and urgency. As you watch this video, ask God to show you specifically what He wants you to learn from it, and what you should do in response.
If you are trying to envision “Work As Worship”, and what that might look like for you, check out this video from Right Now Media. Created to Create is one person’s story of being salt and light in the fashion industry.
Have you ever thought about the concept of “relational stewardship”? One step in developing a lifestyle of Great Commission living is to consider who God has placed around us, and to see these relationships as opportunities to be a steward of everything God has given us. How can we best care for all parts of their lives (and especially their spiritual condition)? What direction are they heading now, how can we encourage their growth, and how might they impact the world for generations to come? The following video by Curtis Sergeant helps us think about this and more. Enjoy.