Integrating evangelism into our workplaces is critical.
If the average person spends at least eight hours on work five days of the week, then in the span of a year, this adds up to 2,080 hours a year in the workplace setting and community. Even if this number is half of this, that’s still a lot of time. Much ink has been spent on how Christians can share their faith in the workplace and why or why not those who follow Jesus should even try to do evangelism in the workplace.
If done properly, there is one foundational reason that all of us should be seeking ways to share our faith wherever God has placed us: we have been called to share our faith by the very God we acknowledge is Lord. I won’t go into all the scriptures that call us towards a gospel witness in both word and deed (e.g., Isa. 6:8-9, Acts 22: 14-15; Acts 4:20; Matt. 28:19). What I will say is that evangelism, when done in the proper way and the proper setting, is of utmost importance if we are to see God’s kingdom grow and more people come into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
However, far too many in the church simply don’t know how to be a good gospel witness in the workplace. We either don’t know how to get faith conversations started, or we don’t know how to continue them in an appropriate manner once the door has been cracked open for us.
The key to effective evangelism in the marketplace is at the very minimum five-fold:
- Work with excellence. Colossians 3:23 calls us to work hard as unto the Lord. No matter the workplace, we are first and foremost working for an audience of One. And when we work in such a way, we build a foundation of witness to those around us.
- Have integrity. If the first point holds true, then the second must as well. Having integrity means being honest and having strong moral principles and convictions. What people see is what they get. We are salt and light in the workplace; we don’t cut corners or do sloppy work. In this way, we model after Jesus, who provided the character model we need to have as we seek effective gospel witness.