By Nicole George
I’ve walked away from conversations at work wanting to hit myself because I clearly had an opportunity to share what I believe with someone and I was either too afraid to do it or didn’t realize what open door God had laid before me in the conversation.
For instance, a woman asked me about what church I go to. (Note: this is a common thing in the south and something I dislike because it’s not REALLY about what church I go to!) I began to explain a little bit about the church, and then I asked if she went to church. She said she didn’t anymore and the conversation was over.
1. I could have shared the incredible testimony of how God brought me to my job and on the first day, I met one of my sweetest friends in Knoxville and she invited me to her church which has been the best community of believers I have gotten to experience.
2. I could have shared the reasons I value that church and how I love that the Gospel is explicitly explained every week. Then I could have casually restated the Gospel as I explain to her the value of hearing that every week because we each need to hear the truth of the Gospel.
3. I could have asked why she stopped going to church and started trying to figure out where she is in her spiritual journey, what she thinks of having a relationship with God and whether she values living that relationship out in a community of other people doing the same thing.
I didn’t do any of those things. I’m sad, but I choose not to regret because I am only human and regret isn’t believing in the truth of who God is. The Lord is a persistent God who makes his name known and whose plans cannot be ruined by a clueless human like me. Instead, I pray that he gives me new opportunities with her and I try to walk into obedience with other opportunities the Lord opens up.
For instance, I’ve gotten to share my faith with 5 different coworkers (two of them definitely not Christians) when I got baptized this year. I invited them to witness my baptism, shared my testimony at the baptism and within the testimony of what God has done in my life, they heard the Gospel!
How Each of Us Can Share Our Faith
There are many different ways to share your faith with coworkers and the people you interact with daily. I’ve watched my grandfather form friendships with grocery clerks and speak encouraging truth in faith to them!
What sharing our faith looks like can depend on the type of job we have. Many of my sharing experiences have not been during work hours, but rather in conversations outside of work because of the good relationship me and that coworker had.
However, as John Beckett and Kyle Werner show, we get the opportunity to glorify God in everything we do from how we work daily to get a respectful, worthy reputation to thrusting our skills into an artistic project that displays God’s glory and story! The reality is that we do get a variety of opportunities to share our faith with coworkers.
Last weekend when I hung out with a coworker, we were thinking creatively about mythology and stories of yore. As we chatted about mythical gods, a question I had about a story led to a discussion about how these selfish gods who lost control of the Kracken revealed a need for a perfect God to be in control. Even in creative discussions, God makes himself clear to us and points us toward him!
Points for Sharing Your Faith
I think that there are a couple key things that need to happen to share our faith with coworkers at any point, whether it’s at work or outside of the workplace.
1) Coworkers need to trust you and have some level of respect for you. I’ve learned that some people have this for anyone, but some people need you to earn their respect.
2) You should be spending consistent time with the Lord so you recognize his leading and hear his Spirit as you share. Can God use anyone? Yes. However, it’s wisdom to be seeking the Lord and intentionally preparing to share with coworkers.
3) You should know your coworkers well. It’s up to the Lord to open people’s hearts and eyes, but we can also be prepared practically to make the Gospel relevant to our coworkers by knowing some of their spiritual state. Do you have a coworker who’s constantly trying to get ahead? A coworker who’s anxious most of the time? A coworker who’s personal life is in shambles somehow? Knowing your coworker well lets you pray for them ahead of time and have ideas of where God may want you to speak into their lives.