Your light must shine in people’s sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
Look at it this way.
You have a job or a career not only because of your credentials or connections. You are where you are, doing what you (may or may not) love to do, because God brought you there. Not on a whim, but for His own purpose. Not just so you could earn a living, but so God’s light can shine in your workplace through you.
In other words, whatever your profession may be, in whatever industry, your calling as a Christian witness is to do your work in such a way that it attracts people’s attention to your faith.
Here are three ways to help you do that.
Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord rather than for men. (Colossians 3:23)
You are first and foremost God’s servant. As such, your primary duty is to please Him. To impress Him. To make Him proud of the work you do. Bear in mind, He alone makes the final decision on whether you should be retained, promoted or dismissed.
So be excellent in your work and do it with evident joy. No matter how boring it actually is. Or how stressful. Or trivial.
Stop complaining about your immediate boss (or client) from hell. Consider that God was the one who appointed that person also. He (or she) will have to answer to the Lord anyway. Just focus on doing an exceptional job for your Big Boss. In every aspect of your work. In every little detail.
Let your love for God be evident in the way you do things.
In time, the good work that you do simply can’t be ignored. People will take notice.
Even that boss (or client) from hell.
If anyone requires you to go one mile, go two miles with him. (Matthew 5:41)
It’s been said many times, many ways in various self-help books. But if I’m not mistaken, Jesus said it first: Go the extra mile.
Don’t just stop at what’s expected of you. Go beyond your job description. Be willing to take on extra work or extra hours when asked to do so. Or when opportunities arise. Volunteer if you have to.
Stop counting the cost. Or the hours, minutes, seconds. Of course, this is easier done when you actually love what you do. But if your journey hasn’t brought you to that ideal job yet, bloom where God has planted you as of now.
Do all the work you need to do. And then some. Soon enough, your work ethic will make a positive impact in your workplace.
Go the extra mile.
It’s more than just a sound advice. It’s a commandment.
Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s. (Matthew 22:21)
You are both body and spirit.
As a corporeal being, you are fashioned for work. Work is the expression of God’s creative activity in you. It is against your very nature to remain idle. Or to be mediocre. So work with your whole being. Go the extra mile even.
But don’t forget the other part of you.
As a spiritual being, you are fashioned for worship. Called to communion with God. Created to take pleasure in His loving presence.
If you allow your days to be so consumed by your work that you do not have time to pray anymore, sooner or later the light in you will burn out and will no longer shine in your workplace. Even if you work with all your heart. No matter how many extra miles you go. People may still notice your exceptional work, but they will no longer connect it to your faith.
You then become a mere competitor in the rat race.
Don’t allow that to happen. Let your light shine by connecting to the Source of all light first before embarking on another busy day at work. Pray constantly. Pray as if your work depended on it.
Because in the final analysis, it does.
There. Three simple verses to guide your way as you fulfill your calling to be God’s witness in your workplace.
Now go. Shine your light.