Depending on your work environment, sharing Christ’s love in your place of business may sound a bit tricky.
While you are not ashamed of the Gospel, there may be an unspoken fine line between acceptable sharing of your faith and possibly losing your job. Though, you may be exuberant and anxious to share Christ’s love to others, thumping your Bible, handing out tracts and using work time on the clock to witness to co-workers are probably less effective than living out your faith through love.
Try following these seven simple yet powerful ways to share Christ’s love at work:
1. Show Kindness
Treating others with kindness is welcome. In fact, it is the premise behind what is known as The Golden Rule. Kindness means thinking of others before yourself. Remember special occasions. Send a birthday card or a letter of encouragement and be quick to overlook offenses.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. —Luke 6:31, KJV
Your body language speaks volumes to others. Sometimes Christians are put in a negative light. Quite the opposite should be made known. Chances are there are people in your life who make you feel happy simply because when they greet you, they smile. Think about it, you know who they are. A sweet gesture of an upturned mouth speaks volumes to display loving kindness to others.
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. —Proverbs 15:13, KJV
There are plenty of naysayers and complainers in every work place. Buck the trend, and be the one who offers encouragement instead. When someone in the office is promoted, congratulate him or her. If you are in a position of conducting yearly reviews of employees, include uplifting comments to highlight their good points.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another … —1 Thessalonians 5:11a, KJV
4. Make Friends and Build Relationships with Co-workers
Reach out to build relationships during break time. Make an effort to go to lunch with those you work with and really get to know who they are. Share in their life events outside of work as well. By being a true friend, you exhibit the brotherhood of Christ.
A friend loveth at all times … —Proverbs 17:17a, KJV
A man that has friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. —Proverbs 18:24, KJV
5. Be a Servant
Offer a helping hand. Is the copier out of paper? Refill it. Is there no coffee in the pot? Brew some. Did someone leave a mess in the conference or break room? Clean it up. These acts may seem to be beneath your level or position, even opposite of any kind of logic, but they show your love and humility towards others.
And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant. —Matthew 20:27, KJV
6. Watch Your Mouth
Be very careful to keep from negative talk or gossip. In today’s world, this also means not spreading foul information on social networking sites where it could be seen by co-workers. Instead of speaking out, be quick to listen to what those around you at work have to say.
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. —Psalms 34:13, KJV
7. Pray for Others
Prayer is a personal dialogue between you and God, and it can be done at work without anyone realizing you’re in prayer. While it is not a direct showing of love to co-workers, it yields powerful results. Before work, during lunch, after work or whenever a co-worker comes to mind, pray. Walk through your office and silently pray as you walk past each co-worker’s desk. Include your boss’s needs in your prayers. When they are facing tough situations or health issues, ask if you may pray for them.
…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. —James 5:16b, KJV