When our words or actions distract and get in the way of people who need Christ’s message of hope and freedom, we need to check ourselves. We need to practice self-awareness so we can understand how we come across to others and make appropriate adjustments. This is a key part of becoming more spiritually mature.
As Christians, we’re called to be in the world but not of it. To stand as a city on a hill, not cloistered from society. To seek relevance, but also own a particular air of peculiarity. These dichotomies create a fine line where we want and seek and need fellowship with one another, but in doing so we run the risk of becoming a subculture unto ourselves.
The point is, Jesus is very much relevant to our work and to everyone we meet. But are we ourselves relevant to those around us at work and in our community? Jesus understands culture writ large. He understands every person’s needs, desires and interests. Being relevant to the world around us and living lives that honor Christ are not mutually exclusive endeavors. This is something toward which to strive. Be all things to all people, so that by all possible means you might save some (1 Corinthians 9:22).