One goal every christian should have for 2018 is spreading the Gospel. I talk much about church culture in all the content I publish. We cannot fail in the area of the Gospel. But the ministry of the Gospel is not limited to the office of pastor or church leader. So, how do we spread the Gospel in the workplace?I talk much about church culture in all the content I publish. I see a lot wrong with the church. But whether our theology is good or bad we must not fail in the area of the Gospel. One of the drives behind the reformation was restoring the priesthood to each individual believer. In one of his books, Martin Luther said:
“It is pure invention that pope, bishop, priests, and monks are called the spiritual estate while princes, lords, artisans, and farmers are called the temporal estate. This is indeed a piece of deceit and hypocrisy. Yet no one need be intimidated by it, and for this reason: all Christians are truly of the spiritual estate, and there is no difference among them except that of office.”
“Preaching the Gospel” is not something that is limited to those who are in church office. Preaching the Gospel is for every believer, everywhere. Now, notice I put preaching the Gospel in quotations. This is because I believe that sermons, or pulpit preaching, is in fact only for those in church office. Furthermore, the responsibility of spreading the Gospel and sharing the faith is a burden that every believer must carry. Here are three ways we can do this in the workplace.
This past sunday I was teaching our Junior High class and the lesson was on service. We studied the behavior of Jesus in John 13:1-5. When Jesus knew his hour had come and that Judas had betrayed him, he served the disciples by washing their feet. Service is the Gospel. Jesus said “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” When we serve others, with a humble heart, we display a level of kindness and humility that can only be wrought through an individual that has experienced Gospel change. Unconditional service leads the unbeliever on a search for truth.
2. Display The Fruits of the Spirit
“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
In the few verses before verses 22-23 Paul describes the fruits of the flesh; following that he describes the fruits of the spirit. When we display the fruits of the spirit we are displaying the very Spirit of God. As I said in the first point we lead to the unbeliever to search for what that spirit is.
We must not forget also that God’s kindness is meant to lead us to repentance (Rom. 2:4). When we serve, and when we display love for the unbeliever, live in peace with them, show them kindness, goodness, and faithfulness, and when we are gentle with them we are displaying God’s kindness.
3. Live a Holy Life
The word holy means dedicated or consecrated to God. When we live distinct from the world, from the unbeliever, we live a life that is God glorying. And let us not forget what our Lord said:
“14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so thatb]”>[b]they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
Our good works, our righteous works, are the light that shines so brightly in the face of a unbeliver and Jesus’ promise is that when that light shines brightly they will see it and give thanks and glory to our father.
These three things are small, simple deeds but when applied they bring Gospel truth. We must remember that these things are how we should be living every single day. Carry the burden of the Gospel and spread the message of truth.