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Dr. Bill Peel on Bill Maier Live Radio Show
Are you a competent Christian?
Are you a competent Christian in the workplace?
One of the best ways Christians can evangelize at their job is by modeling hard-work and competency at all times. Dr. Bill Peel, co-author of Workplace Grace, discusses the importance of being our best in the workplace.
“Many Christians have operated under the misunderstanding that our daily work really is not that important to God.”
In order to be effective and influential as a follower of Jesus, we do not have to go to seminary or even work for a ministry. Our daily life and work is just as important to Jesus.
“I did not realize, the incredible amount of information in the Bible about our daily work, over the years I began to understand how important work is in God’s sight.”
In the very beginning of the Bible, in Genesis chapter one, mankind is given the task to work and it was good.
“We are called to fill the earth, and that word fill actually means to bring to full flourishing and we do that in our daily work as we make things, fix things, and as we develop new ideas.”
There is no such thing as pointless work, assuming that work is done for the right reasons.
“According to Colossians, our daily work, no matter how menial we might think it is, can and should be done to the glory of God, that’s what He intended from the very beginning of our creation.”
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. – Colossians 3:23-24
“The first measure of our discipleship isn’t how many Bible verses we’ve learned, but how we are actually bringing Christ into our daily work on an everyday basis.”
How to be an evangelist at work
It can be a sticky subject: sharing your faith at work.
So often we want to get in, do our jobs, and take our check to the bank on Fridays. The reality is, for most people, the best opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission is in the workplace.
How do we talk about our faith and evangelize at work without compromising our testimony as a worker?
Bill Peel is the Founding Executive Director of The Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University, a ministry created to help Christians understand their work’s importance to God and experience Christ’s transforming presence and power in every workplace in every nation. He says Christians are called to not only be productive, but to share their faith at work:
“Whatever age you live in, we’ve always been under a great deal of pressure at work. In any age, it’s important to understand what the Bible has to say about evangelism.”
He says that over the last century, the term “evangelism” has become known as more of an event than a process — but that’s not necessarily a right understanding of the term. Instead, Peel says:
“[Evangelism] begins with doing good work, with letting people see the quality of your work. It also includes showing people your Godly character and being concerned for them. Today, 80% of adults who come to Christ come to Christ through a relationship they’ve developed. The place where Christians and non-Christians most easily develop relationships is in the workplace.”
Peel adds that our character has much to do with being a positive influence at work — but we also need to be courageous in order to have conversations about spiritual things:
“When our confidence and our character come together, that gives us some authority to actually speak.”
Peel says we must always remember that it’s not our job and our job alone to bring people to Christ; our task is merely to come alongside others:
“The Holy Spirit is at work in a lot of people’s lives around us. Our job is not to get them to pray “the prayer” — although that would be nice — but it’s to find out what the Holy Spirit is doing in that person’s life and join them at that place in their spiritual journey.”