Work Is Your Mission Field
Speaker: Julio Echegoyen
5.Work Is Your Mission Field (10 min)
Many Christians go to work with a sense that they need to do missions work to truly please God. In this module, Julio Echegoyen, Manager for Proctor & Gamble's Walmart International team, will help you see that your workplace is your mission field. Julio will share personal stories about meeting the needs of others through his work. You'll be equipped to let your light shine before others in a way that is authentic and relevant. and you'll discover how you can create more opportunities to influence others at work.
Workplaces represent the largest Mission field on earth.
- Christians in the workplace can have tremendous influence that extends nationally and even internationally.
- So we have a tremendous responsibility to not only honor God with our work, but also to share our faith with others.
- There are many lost souls at work – some people have never been introduced to Jesus; others may have been brought up in church, but had a bad experience that has caused them to turn away from their faith.
- You may be the only Jesus some people ever see. You may be the person God wants to use to lead people back to Him and help more people see that work was created to bless us and glorify God.
Let your light shine: The workplace provides tremendous opportunity for Influence.
- Workplaces are more and more interconnected globally. We have the opportunity to have an impact on people well outside of those we see face-to-face. The potential to have national and even global impact exists like never before.
- As Christians, people who follow Jesus Christ, our influence can impact company cultures, the way people approach and do their work, the way they interact. We can also influence people to seek God in their work and come to know Jesus.
- People at work are watching you. If they know that you are a follower of Jesus Christ, they are observing to see if it makes a difference. Deep down, every person is hungry for what only Christ can give them. They want to know that their work has purpose, and that purpose can only come from God. But people need to discover that. And you can be the means for helping them make that discovery.
- When they see your joy even in stressful situations, they will want to know how you do it.
- When they see you serve people selflessly, and put your own interests on the back burner, they will be open to listening to you because they will see that you care.
- When you do your work with excellence and integrity, they will respect you. It opens up opportunities for you to share your faith.
Make disciples: Ultimately, we need to see our work as a way to help build God’s kingdom, bring Him glory and lead more people into a deep, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ.
- When people see your excellent work, your concern for others, and your integrity, they may not always agree with you, but they will trust you.
- Trust opens the door for conversation and the opportunity to share who you are really working for – God – and the reason for your faith.
- 1 Peter 3:15 tells us “…in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”
- People are hungry for what only Jesus can give them. You can lead them there through your testimony and sharing the Good News with them.
- Don’t be afraid to ask if you can pray for people. You’d be surprised how many people will be moved by the offer and immensely grateful.
- Yours is not to convince. The Holy Spirit will work in their hearts. But you will be more convincing when your life is a demonstration of God’s love.
We also have the opportunity to create much-needed Community.
- People are more isolated than they have ever been before. In a crowded and busy workplace, people can feel lost and alone, like they have to fend for themselves, figure it all out and prove themselves. They may have personal struggles with no one to talk to about them, which can make even small struggles turn into much larger issues.
- We all need community – we were created for community. In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.” Notice the word “our.” God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit – three in one in a communion of love. We were created in the image of God to also be in community with God and with one another.
- Community gives us the opportunity to share and experience the love of God. It provides us with the opportunity to give and get the support we all need in a broken world.
- Ecclesiastes 4:12 tells us, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” It is important that you surround yourself with like-minded Christians who can encourage you, share wisdom and hold you accountable.
- You can then strengthen one another to serve others and invite those you influence into a loving, supportive community.
What can you do to tap into more of your influence potential for Christ in your workplace?
Who can you be intentional about developing relationships with so that you can show them Christ’s love?
What can you do to create community around you?
What one action can you take this week to be a light for the people you work with?