Reaching Your Workplace

By Dan Vis
June 11, 2017

Have you ever thought about giving your work place to God? Today's post, was first published by B. Parks, on January 4, 2017 at Gotential, a great resource for those interested in doing "tentmaking" ministry. Adapted, used by permission.



I was teaching English to the head professor of the anatomy and physiology department at a large university in Turkey. One day, wiggling my fingers on the table in front of her, I pondered aloud, "Our hands are a magnificent creation aren’t they?" She smiled and said, "Yes, our human systems are the evidence of God." A calm moment of agreement settled in, and then I asked her, "have you read the story of Creation in the Bible?” A new energy flashed through her eyes as she leaned forward eagerly and said, “I have always heard of that book, what does it say?"

This educated woman had "heard" there is such a thing as a Bible but had NEVER seen nor read one. I told her the creation account and then asked her if she would like a Bible of her own. She was delighted. As it turned out, it was the beginning of the end of a major problem she had.    

The scripture asks these two poignant questions, "How can someone believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how can they hear without a messenger?" (Romans 10:14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?). The same scripture answers it’s own questions with this absolute statement: "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God., paraphrased).

I pause here to ask you two poignant question: 1) Would you like to see one of your work associates find faith in Jesus in this year? 2) Would you be willing to be the messenger communicating God’s Word for your work associate IF God were to appoint you?

The Word of God is unusual in that it is the solution to so many problems . . . the very kinds of problems that cripple those you work with: Family problems, esteem problems, will-power problems, selfishness problems, debt problems, depression problems, worry problems, fear problems. The word of God solves the very kind of problems that the people around you have. Jesus leaps from the promises and verses to muscle His winning influence into the lives of people who hear them.

Here are three things you can do to help bring the solution God offers to the people around you in your work place.

1) Dedicate both your work and your workplace to God.

A simple prayer: "God in heaven, my work, my vocation, my company is yours to use as a medium for your Majesty's service. I dedicate my time and effort to you."

2) Pray by name, privately, for the people you work with.

A simple prayer: "Father God, I ask that this year you speak with            . As their friend I pray the power of the cross would come alive to them."

3) Receive God's ordination as the "chaplain" of your workplace.

A simple prayer: "God, you have told me through the Bible that all believers are priests in your kingdom, so I step into that role at my workplace. I accept your ordination to be a chaplain, to pray for, listen, counsel, and help those I work with. I am ready - you lead the way."

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