It’s amazing the conversations you can have if you are willing to ask other people questions about their lives. We recently moved to a new house and I have had two powerful conversations with service providers coming into our home.
Last Saturday night, a 23-year-old delivering a piece of furniture shared a rich story of his young life and how he finally looked at himself in the mirror and said “uncle”. He couldn’t live his life that way any longer. He dropped to his knees and asked God to take over. Wow! I was thrilled that my 16-year-old son was sitting there listening to every word.
Earlier this week, I spent an afternoon working at home so our satellite TV provider could do his work. I noticed right away his wristband had a phrase that included God. One question lead to another and soon WorkMatters came up. My new friend Jimmy (alias) had heard of our annual Leadercast event and our spots on a regional Christian radio station. A rich conversation ensued about church, Sunday Christians, doing your work with excellence and how conversations emerge through work about God.
Then he said it, just as casual as he said his name… “I’ll probably get fired for my faith.” It stopped me in my tracks. I asked why? “Because if a customer asks me about God, I’m going to take the time to talk with them.” Jimmy went on to say that he had even talked with his wife about this scenario. They agreed that God called him into his current job, and he would trust that God would call them into the next assignment no matter the consequence.
What about you? Would you be willing to get fired for your faith? Really?
Here’s the deal. Too many of us make following Jesus a part-time covenant. I know I do. We follow Jesus when it’s convenient, when we don’t have anything to lose. Let’s challenge ourselves to change that. Here’s how.
- Consider your work through the lens of the WorkMatters 7 Pillars of Faith and Work. In these areas, what are the things that you have experienced or could conceivably experience that would be in direct conflict with your faith?
- Decide now, beforehand, how you will proactively handle situations that could literally cost you your job.
- Many of us feel ill prepared to share our faith, especially at work. What if you simply ask to hear someone’s story? Then, if appropriate, share your personal story and how your faith has affected your life. Sharing our faith may be as simple as sharing our story.
- Then, trust God to protect you.
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” -Psalms 18:2