Christ is building His church today out in the world by using His people to convey the same question He asked His disciples… “Who do you say that I am?” There are two basic ways we bring Jesus’ identity to people. We can use words to tell about Him or our lives can demonstrate His identity through our actions. One way is not better than the other and each complements the other. The content of the Gospel message is endowed with the power of God, which leads a person to salvation. We can also use words to point people to Christ by sharing what He means to us personally or by asking them a question that would invite them to consider Christ. However, remember your effectiveness is not based on how well you can argue for Christ and how loud or boldly you can state your case, but how well you point the way. Also, just stating our points requires no personal interaction with people. Christ never intended to send us out to act like a video recording to people. If He wanted that, He could have written His message on stones or in the sky or have the birds sing it. We are said to be God’s personal invitation to people and He is making His appeal to the world through us; “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Just as God has endowed the Gospel message with power, He endows with power and influence to be His witnesses. (Acts 1:8) People will observe our faith in the Lord by the way we do our work and the way we treat people. Our conduct can also trigger the right kind of questions about God in people’s minds. Does your good behavior at the workplace pose a question in people’s minds about what you believe?
This thought is an excerpt from Paul Curtas’ book, “When God Shows Up At Work”. Paul is General Director of FCAP.