Sharing The Gospel At Work!

What are you completely bonkers I hear you say!

It’s a difficult nettle to grasp so the wisdom of God is required.  There’s no need for you to get stressed out or into trouble with your work colleagues or employer because of the gospel.

The biggest and best witness at work is your behaviour and lifestyle

Remember you could be the only Christian the people at work meet so your attitude and behaviour are vital. 

Never join in on negative conversations about other people. Always treat people with respect even if you do not agree with them. Do not behave like the world! You must be the kind and friendly and always have a smile for people. They must see that you are happy and that you are happy because you are a Christian. It demonstrates that you are different because Jesus is real and He has changed your life. Remember one carnal outburst or action can ruin any chance of reaching them for Christ. Be reliable and hard working as non Christians respect that. Remember to talk casually about Father God in conversations otherwise they will not understand that your lifestyle and character are a result of you being a Christian.

Your behaviour and lifestyle are absolutely vital as it is the biggest witness at work. If you are lazy and grumpy always trying to get out of work people will not listen to anything you have to say.

Even Christians who evangelise do not share the message of salvation at work for a number of reasons.

The reason most people find it so difficult to share at work is because they don’t now how to start a conversation. By the time they have planned a strategy, got a main scripture and are still deciding what they will do if in the unlikely event their colleague at work accepts salvation. They become that stressed out that they jump on non Christians with a muddled message that’s embarrassing to them and also to their colleague. We are constantly stressing ourselves out looking for the next person at work to try and reach with the salvation message.

Reasons why Christians have given up on the idea of sharing at work:

  • Christians do not share their faith at work because they do not know how to do it.
  • One of the major problems Christians face is starting conversations that do not make them look like religious fanatics.
  • Christians feel isolated at work when they share the message of salvation.
  • The fear of people they work with everyday will become defensive rejecting them.
  • The fear of making their colleagues feel upset or uncomfortable.

We have to stop this stressful approach to evangelism at work and look to Jesus Christ for wisdom.

What did Jesus say?

And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men (show you how to fish for people). Mark 1:17 (KJV)

 

My Dad taught me everything I know about fishing and I often enjoyed fishing with him or friends. It was both relaxing and enjoyable; if you caught a fish it was so exciting! I didn’t mind what the weather was like I was just excited to be outside fishing.

Could you say that about your work place evangelism?

If I am right your experience of sharing the gospel at work has been stressful and everything but relaxing. You have probably had some really miserable days in the cause of sharing the message of salvation.

Remember: the Lord really loves you and He thinks you are so special having this deep desire in your heart to win others to His Kingdom.

Evangelism at work comes from a heart that is truly given to Christ, it comes from a heart that has found peace and rest with Father God by faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus helps us reach-out to others with His grace and love; it is not a stressful heavy burden.

Jesus Christ said:

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:29-30 (KJV)

Most Christians do not understand evangelism (fishing) they do not know how to do it, that’s okay its easy to learn.

We have to learn to casually place little comments about the things God is doing in our lives (or the lives of Christians we know) in our day to day conversations. If someone at work is sick you can mention you were healed or tell them about a healing at Church. These comments act as bait and cause spiritual hunger and thirst in peoples lives which lead them to ask us questions. We then answer the questions, win their trust and gradually lead them into a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Friends that did not go fishing could not understand why I bothered, they could not understand why I sat for hours watching a float just waiting for that one fish to take the bait (bait in the context of evangelism are the things God does in our lives that we casually share). They would say to me “I don’t understand why you bother, I couldn’t do that I haven’t got the patience to sit around for so long, for what?” Some times in my impatience the float would bob under the water, I would strike the rod but there would be nothing on the hook, I had scared the fish away!

We have to be patient with the non Christians that we are fishing for, never preach at them or come across as dogmatic. Allow them to ask questions when they are ready. We can turn people off or confuse them by saying too much too soon and using Biblical words they do not understand (little by little put out your bait in conversation, you would not put fifty worms onto one hook). Speak briefly and leave them to make the next move. Non Christians need time to think about the things we tell them and time for the Holy Spirit to work on their hearts.  

We do the fishing, they ask the questions and God does the saving.

Salvation belongs unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. Psalm 3:8 (KJV)

I often got fish nibbling the bait but didn’t catch anything, I would continue to go back to that same spot patiently fishing waiting until finally I would catch a wonderful fish!

Its time to put down that awful burden of stress you are carrying about sharing the message of salvation at work.

Start to share little interesting events that the Lord has done in your Christian life, let them nibble at the bait and come back for more. Eventually you will have an opportunity to give a good tract, book, CD or DVD about others who have found salvation in Jesus Christ. As you win their trust you maybe able to share the message of salvation or invite them to a Church Service.

Its time to become a fisher of men and women

Remember it was not a mistake that Jesus called fishermen to become the first Church builders. Jesus said I will make you fish for people. Jesus will teach us how to fish, how to enjoy and look forward to the experience and how to successfully catch men and women. If you do not know how to fish for men and women then the above approach will work if you are willing to do it.

Be selective

When we go fishing for people at work it is different than the old stressed out approach. It is very selective because we are looking out for the people whose conversations show they are seeking something (we know its Jesus). We focus on them instead of giving the gospel to all non Christian work friends randomly.

Work colleagues who are seeking Father God have a deep need to find out the meaning of their lives, they are hungry for meaningful answers. They watch your life looking at your Christian character and conduct.  They hear you speaking about Father God in a casual way (for example;the Lord answered my prayer about that issue and it was no coincidence). 

Work colleagues start to ask you questions (nibbling at the bait). Their questions can help reveal their spiritual background. Anything they might understand about the gospel. Any misconceptions they have about Father God. What they think a Christian is and any obstacles that might stop them receiving salvation. Remember: listen very carefully to them and be lead by the Holy Spirit. Don’t say or do anything that you do not have peace in your heart about (the peace of God). Simply wait and pray for the Holy Spirits leading. 

Listen to them. Build on what God’s Spirit is doing with them. Do not be afraid of their questions. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to have a conversation about salvation by answering the questions of people who want to know more about Father God. If you do not have the answer take their email or mobile number and let them know you will find the answer and send it to them.

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man. Colossians 4:5-6 (KJV)

 

The Fishing method of evangelism is ideal for Christians who see the same non-Christians at work everyday.

If you want to evangelise (fish) at work you have to maintain a good Christian lifestyle. Non Christians will notice how your life and your reactions are different to others.

When you identify a work Colleague who is seeking God (you can tell by the content of their conversations). Avoid jumping in with the name of Jesus Christ immediately because His name is so powerful that it stirs all kinds of emotions in people. You can bring Jesus Christ into later conversations as they become hungrier for God.

Don’t take an aggressive approach to witnessing at work; we are not trying to force people to make decisions. Remember this is a message that will cause the biggest and most radical change in a person’s life, becoming a Christian will change their identity forever.

But even in case you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, [you are] blessed (happy, to be envied). Do not dread or be afraid of their threats, nor be disturbed [by their opposition]. But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully. [And see to it that] your conscience is entirely clear (unimpaired), so that, when you are falsely accused as evildoers, those who threaten you abusively and revile your right behavior in Christ may come to be ashamed [of slandering your good lives].      1 Peter 3:14-16 (AMP)

We have to be extra sensitive to people and listen carefully to them. This will help us to reach out to them and be more specific in prayer.

We have to ask ourselves, what kind of person are they? What circumstances are happening in their life? 

For example they may be a very emotional person because they have divorced a husband or wife. Prayer will help you to sensitively select the appropriate comments to put into conversations around them.  For example you could mention that as a Christian you are never alone, that Jesus is always with you and that He can remove loneliness from your heart. That He can heal your heart if it is broken, He can take away bitterness and remove the pain from your memories. If you have a testimony or a good book on a Christian who has overcome a marriage breakdown or has had a marriage healed share it with them. Let them read it, the book will help you talk to them again.

When you witness you want non Christian work colleagues to fully understand the message and make a totally informed decision based on the full scriptural message of salvation found only in Jesus Christ.

But how do we get to this point with colleagues at work?

Lets say the fishing pond is your work place, first we have to be patient and study the congregation of people at work (in the pond), we have to listen carefully for people who are asking questions about spiritual things good and bad. This is a pointer to someone who is seeking for meaning to their life.  Most people want to know what the meaning of life is but some people are at a point in their life where they openly ask questions. We have to be ready to fish for these people.

Moving from a stress packed driven evangelism method to a relaxed fishing method of evangelism makes us fruitful and enables us to share more effectively.

Placing bait in our casual conversations

Mention that Father God answered a pray or He has heal you when you were sick or that He protected you from something maybe an accident.

The work colleague takes the bait and asks a question like you don’t think it was really God do you? Surely it was a coincidence.

You respond, it was definitely God, He often answers my prayers (give another recent example of an answered prayer), then change the subject; this frees you and your work colleague to leave it at that. They will come back if they are looking for answers about Father God. The bait draws non Christians to ask questions about God. We then answer but leave more bait.

Your bait will be different for each person and situation

Every persons life and situation is different (unique) but Father God knows them all. You will have to draw on things God has done in your life or the life of others you know (you can use books testimonies, relevant Christian DVD’s for material). When you place bait in a conversation do it casually and always change the subject to give non Christians the choice to go free. The surprising thing is it has the opposite affect and because they do not feel trapped or that you are preaching at them they feel comfortable asking more questions which you can answer helping them along the way to salvation.

So the bait (casually placed in conversation) can be anything about your Christian life that discreetly points to the fact that, “I know about Jesus Christ and I am available to talk.”

There may not be an immediate response but over time as the Lord works on the hearts of your work colleagues they will come and ask you questions. Answer their questions and tell them the reason God is doing things in your life is because you have received salvation through accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

Prayer is the key to opening their hearts.

Prayer is the key to winning people at work. If we don’t talk to the Lord how can we expect results? In the book of James it says You do not have because you do not ask God”. It may take years but do not give up, press on and believe that Father God will give you opportunities at work.

Wrestle in prayer with Father God for them, then when you wrestle with them for salvation it will be easy.

If you are presented with a chance to talk about how you became a Christian then you can share your testimony and the message of salvation found only in Jesus Christ. Remember to giving colleagues interesting books about people who have had supernatural experiences with Father God. They are a great outreach tool.  You can also give them interesting Christian DVD’s (film or documentary) or Christian Music (for Soaking).

Conclusion

  • Keep praying it is the key to opening peoples hearts.
  • Keep living Godly holy lives at work.
  • Keep listening to the conversations at work, identify the seekers of God, Consider what type of person you are dealing with and what circumstances they are facing in life.
  • Casually talk about what God is doing in yours and the lives of others (place your bait in conversations with them) and then change the subject so they do not feel you are preaching at them, they remain free.
  •  Preserver as it may take time before they nibble at the bait.
  • If no one nibbles change your bait.
  •  As they ask questions give them clear answers.
  • Eventually as you build trust with them you can share your testimony about how you came to salvation
  •  Have a good selection of books, CD’s and DVD’s that deal with supernatural experiences with God, Salvation and testimonies to give to them.
  • As they ask questions give them answers that point to salvation in Jesus Christ and invite them to Church or a Bible study.

 

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