Unless you work for a company or institution that is overtly Christian, it can be a little bit difficult to be a believer in the workplace. Our culture often mocks, ridicules, and belittles people of faith and even Jesus himself. In fact, many places of work forbid employees from speaking about or expressing their faith. If you find that you’re in a workplace like this, you know how difficult that can be.
Here are a few tips for you to express your faith in Jesus and spreading his love in the workplace no matter what the culture:
In All Things, Be Kind
Author and poet Maya Angelou once said, “People won’t remember what you said, but they’ll always remember the way you made them feel.” Particularly if you’re the only Christian, or only one of a few, it’s of utmost importance that you show kindness to others.
Be aware of any negative things you may say, particularly regarding hot button and extremely personal issues. While politics may be important to you, remember that sometimes if someone has another opinion, you still need to respect them as a person, even if you disagree with them.
Never Underestimate the Power of Prayer
If things are very difficult or if someone is having a hard time, lean on the Lord in prayer. Ask for prayer warriors you know to lift you and your workplace up in prayer. Ask God to bless the situation and that you would be open to his will.
Be Attentive to the Needs of Others
Don’t forget to be aware of the physical, mental, and emotional needs of others. If you’re there for people during a difficult time, they’ll remember it. Be Jesus to those who need him most, rather than preaching to them. If they notice that you’re different from other people, they’ll want to know why. What a beautiful testimony that is.
Be Aware of How Your Actions Are Interpreted
Many times people who are not believers are very sensitive to feeling judged by Christians. Sometimes your well meaning comments or actions may be interpreted as judgemental or mean-spirited. Take time to examine your words and actions from another person’s point of view and consider how you might adjust your approach.