The secular workplace can be faith’s hardest testing ground. For those who have been blessed to land jobs that are clean and wholesome, more power to you—Praise the Lord! But spare a thought for those who wake up to less-than-ideal places of employment. Many work around people who think bad language, blasphemy and smut normal. And things get even harder in jobs where intimidation is tolerated or encouraged. If so, change jobs a.s.a.p. Language and behaviour that offends a Christian to the core can be like water off a duck’s back to the hardened unbeliever—until it hurts them, of course!
At that point it is a blessing that you are not likely to be the offender. In all situations, our starting point needs to be: “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Rom.12:18). Christians bring the Holy Spirit to work with them. This is the power of God who is advancing the Kingdom of Christ. Your job is to do your job in the spirit of Christ and let the Spirit convict the hearts of those who see your zeal. You will be seen as one working as for God, not for man. What boss doesn’t want that?
Where talk of Christ is forbidden, you need not concern yourself. We apply Peter’s advice to wives with unbelieving husbands: Be submissive…so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by your behaviour (1Pet.3:1).Constantly keep in mind your mission: ‘You are glorifying God as an honest hardworking disciple of Christ. The money you earn provides for your needs and the needs of others. This is honourable in the sight of God.’Some Christians find employment a great struggle to get and to keep. This requires much prayer and encouragement. It always pays to seek out concerned brethren who will help.To the new Christian worker, I pray God’s richest blessings. The workplace is a place where God will help you to grow in many ways. Remember, when you walk in the workplace, the King walks with you. You are a divine blessing to all – Enjoy!