A wonderful guest blog (well worth reading) this weekend talked about building up support systems at work, pointing to these three verses:
1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.”
Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
These things struck home for me. For one thing, it was someone else at my workplace, not proselytizing, not thumping the Bible, not even talking specifically about religion at work, but rather living every day as a joyous Christian – comfortable, knowledgeable, and secure in his faith – that led me to want to learn more about the faith that sustained him.
For another thing, for those of us uncomfortable or perhaps even prohibited from evangelizing at work, it is good to remember that it will be noticed if we just decline to participate in all the ways that workplaces are not supportive of one another. (Of course that is sometimes easier said than done!)
People who are being led by the Holy Spirit to a relationship with Jesus will find a community of seekers and believers in which they can come to know Jesus just by how we comport ourselves day in and day out. Not just at the big moments, such as when a coworker is seriously ill or passes away or gets married or has a baby, but the tiny little moments, like when a coworker is the 17th person that day to ask you to do something and you aren’t sure when or how you will ever get everything done.
Those are the times when responding “as a Christian” is maybe even more important than promising to pray for coworkers who are hurting.
My prayer today is that God will help me live more like a Christian in all those little ways at work.
In Jesus name,