Be a Living Testimony (Part II)–10 Ways to Do it At Workby David Ferguson
As I mentioned in Part I of “Be a Living Testimony” religion can be touchy subject these days, especially in the work place. Well, I think there are ways you can be a living testimony and as Matthew 5:14-16 instructs, “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Here are 10 do’s and don’ts that I follow, perhaps they can work for you.
1. Live right. In my opinion, this is the biggest thing you can do. If you’re a believer in Christ, then act like you are. If you’re at the work place cussing and gossiping, then you’re falling short of what you believe in and the testimony you’re giving to the non-believer is one of hypocrisy. Take what you learn on Sunday and apply it Monday through Saturday as well.
2. Be a helping hand. Again, this is something you can do without even mentioning the name Jesus. Mark 12:31 tells us to, “love our neighbor as yourself.” Act like it. When you see a co-worker or anyone you interact with in the work context needing assistance, offer it. Others will see the light in you and when (or if) they find out you’re a Christian, they will have a positive association.
3. Give thanks. This is a simple one. Give God the praise and recognition when something good comes your way. Let others know that you feel your blessings come from Jesus.
4. Offer prayer. I don’t think a day goes by when someone is not sharing a story with me of how something is not going right. Illness, death, situations at home, money problems, you name it. Let them know you’re praying for them. Even if they don’t believe, I hadn’t found many people, in times of trouble, not willing to accept some prayer. Prayer is powerful and prayer works. I’d also like to add to this…don’t just say it, do it! When you say your prayers, send one up for your friend.
5. Spark a conversation. Don’t be afraid to talk about religion or your faith. I would say in the middle of a business meeting is probably not the right time. But, if you’re on a break or at a conference with a colleague, or have some downtime, a simple question like, “You ever go to church?” or “Do you belong to a religion?” can start an excellent conversation. I personally love to learn about others’ religions and I find that they love to talk about them.
6. Give a clue. A great way to have people spark a conversation with you is to leave clues about your faith. There are lots of work-oriented ways to do this. Identify yourself as a Christian on your social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Put a message in your email footer if you desire. What has worked great for me is naming my second business, 5000fish. Just explaining the name to people opens up a great conversation about their faith. Don’t be afraid to state your faith.
7. Don’t judge. This is where most conversations about religion go wrong. As people are sharing with you their issue or their belief, it’s not the time for your opinion, especially if you preface it with, “The Bibles says…” Just because you’re a Christian doesn’t make you the moral authority (on anything).
8. Don’t act holier than thou. You weren’t always so saved and sanctified. Just because you’re full of the holy spirit right now, doesn’t mean you always were. So when you’re talking to others or seeing how others are acting, don’t think you’re “clean” and they are “lepers.” We’re all sinners and Jesus gave us the example by going and talking to those who were “on the wrong side of the road.” It was the “religious folks” He had problems with.
9. Don’t try to do God’s job. Every interaction you have with a person you are planting a seed. The steps above hopefully give a roadmap to plant a positive seed that provides a positive association with God. It’s not your job to convert a person to Christianity or even into a believer. John 6:65 tells us that no one comes to Christ unless the Father has enabled them to. God chooses us. God opens our hearts to his message (Acts 16:14). God uses us as the body of Christ to spread the message. He reaps the harvest.
10. Just be you. This is probably the most important item of this list. The steps above should just be natural to you. This shouldn’t be a checklist running in your head for every interaction you have in life, but rather this should be just the way you are. Be filled with the joy of Christ and live your life accordingly. Everything else should fall into place.
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And, in the meanwhile, continue to… Pray About It, Be About It, and Praise About It!
Thanks for reading and God Bless.