In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
I've heard people say, I sure would like to be in a Christian company and be surrounded by Christians. The only time I hear God's name mentioned where I work now is when people are cursing. And you just cannot believe the obscene jokes, gossip, greed, back-stabbing, throat-cutting, and all of the materialism! Oh if God would only get me out of this place so I could serve Him!
Do you know how I would respond? I would tell them, God put you in that place so you could serve Him. We are to let our light shine in every place where God has places us! Matthew 5:14-16 says,
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Your job is the lampstand that God has ordained where you let your light shine!
You have been saved out of the world and then sent back into the world to witness to the world, and that's the only business in the world you have in the world, till you're taken out of the world!
Now, let me give you four rules for witnessing to those with whom you work.
The Bible says let your light shine. It doesn't say make it shine. Your light is to glow, not glare. Also, people are to see the light, not the source of the light.
If you go to work with an air of self-righteousness, you're going to make your coworkers sick and not want to even be around you. 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 says,
“It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
If you’re always thumping a Bible or nagging somebody when he gambles, smokes, or curses, you're not going to win that person to Christ. You may think that you're doing a good job, but that person is not going to take a step closer to Jesus Christ through that kind of witness.
You see, his behavior is not his problem. You would be just like that person if you didn't know the Lord Jesus Christ. He needs Jesus Christ. So let's see how we are to respond from Colossians 4:5-6:
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
If you're a lazy Christian – not getting to work on time, doing personal stuff on company time, procrastinating on work that you ought to do, then you're a disgrace to grace. It is a sin for a Christian to do less than his best. Let's revisit Colossians 3:23-24 says,
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
Don't see if the boss is looking before you work hard. I don't care how dull or boring, it may seem. It's not that way…if you're working to the glory of God. Do your job to the best of your ability.
I want to tell you something about those people with whom you work. Most of them are not all that interested in going to heaven or hell. They just want to know how to hack it on Monday. And when they see you come in the office without a hangover and with the joy of the Lord Jesus on your face, they're going to ask you, "What makes you so happy?"
And at that moment, you're going to be able to share the Lord Jesus with him because you will have sanctified the Lord God in your heart. 1 Peter 3:15 says,
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
When we come to Him in repentance and faith, we are empowered-and expected-to live the Christian life not by trying, but by trusting. Faith is not only how we receive salvation, it is how we walk, day by day, in grace. Only by faith can we extend forgiveness to others, share God's truth, and leave a godly legacy. As the tapestry of your life unfolds, may you begin to see the wonders of living each day, moment by moment, a life of faith and forgiveness.