Christianity in the Workplace

It’s important for Christians to be in contact with reality. In church we talk a lot about God and His greatness, which is real, and we hear a lot about what missionaries from our church are doing in Africa or Thailand or wherever, which is also real. But we don’t hear much about the ministry of the guy who’s been working in the same accounting firm for 20 years, or the woman who’s done reception at some company for yonks. Consequently, I think young people facing a future in the workplace don’t actually know how it fits in with God’s plan for their life.

Personally, when I think about the prospect of being a teacher one day, and working in the same school for many years, that makes me both excited about the financial security of the situation, but wondering what the impact for God will be. I can help raise great kids into great adults, but I want more than that, I want them to be adults who walk with God. And in a secular state that’s another hurdle to overcome. Assuming that happens. Maybe I’ll end up picking up my guitar and touring the world. I’d like that too :)

But at the end of the day, most Christians aren’t in full time bands, or in Thailand. They’re on the 5th floor of an office building, or working the checkout at the warehouse. Or raising kids, at home or at school. What is their ministry, and do they feel a bit lost about it? I think they may. And I think some serious thought and discussion on the subject could lead to a lot more powerful ministry in their industries.

What do you guys reckon?

7 responses to “Christianity in the Workplace

  1. good point. So it’s not just about being passionate about the souls of the people we work with, but being passionate about doing the job we are employed to do, what the purpose and end result of that job is.

    And I guess that could vary from company to company. My boss at the school holiday program is really passionate about children, which is easy to relate to, but he would be well within his legal rights to only be passionate about making money through his company, as long as the children are safe. Would I be able to be as passionate about my job if that was his end, even if I was still passionate about the souls of the staff and kids I work with?

  2. “Do Christians think of their work as a mission field first or as breadwinning?”
    I think it is more than just a mission field or ‘breadwinning’. I am inclined to believe that work should be a way that we serve people, society, ultimately God I guess, through what we do with our skills and abilities. Work should be meaningful in itself, I think.
    But often it seems not to be.

  3. “Justify your existence, obey God.”

  4. especially when Christian workers are from different churches, though in the same workplace. There is much church unity in some NZ cities, but it could be stronger yet.

  5. Both those comments are wonderful, but that kind of action requires a certain mindset, one that perhaps the church doesn’t spend enough time talking about and helping its members to develop?

    Do Christians think of their work as a mission field first or as breadwinning?

    All this comes into play. I hope that if I end up in a workplace once I finish studying, that I can get to know the other Christians, and work with them as a team in prayer and ministry. But that requires them to share that ideal, and it’s not exactly one that’s talked about much.

  6. preach the gospel. Boldy. In love with a real care for the person in front of you. Pray like crazy. think of every person in front of you 100 years from now.

  7. I’ve heard someone say recently, “God sends missionaries where there is no worship.” Sometimes a Christian in the workplace is the only Christian there. That’s our mission field.

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