Living Your Faith at Work: Practical Tips and Scriptural Insights

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Johnny provides practical tips and scriptural insights for living out one’s faith at work. Using Colossians 3:23-24, he discusses the significance of working diligently, demonstrating humility, and seeking wise counsel. Johnny shares his own experiences and offers guidance on being a Christian witness in various work environments, encouraging listeners to integrate their faith into their daily work.

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TIMESTAMPS:
00:09 – Introduction to the topic
01:00 – Reading Colossians 3:23-24
02:00 – Working heartily as a witness
04:55 – Balancing work and faithfulness
09:45 – Showing humility in the workplace
12:06 – Importance of wise counsel
14:31 – Being a witness and sharing faith at work
16:59 – Knowing when to leave a job

TRANSCRIPT:

Johnny Sanders (00:09.614)

Hello and welcome back everyone to another Faithful Friday. So let’s go a little bit more deep into a topic that I discussed with my guest, Ralph Estep on Monday. And that topic is about sharing your faith and being open about your faith and the workplace and the work environment. I know this can be a pretty difficult topic to handle. We live in a fairly PC politically correct type of culture. So sometimes when you’re in.

the office, you don’t really bring up anything controversial, and certainly, Faith can be controversial to some. So some just really take that back step. And I think that’s a mistake. So as we generally do here on Faithful Fridays, let’s get into scripture a little bit and see what passage of scripture might help us in this journey of how to share our faith and be a little bit more open about our faith in the work environment. So today’s passage is going to be Colossians 3.

23 through 24. And I’m going to read this from the ESV version of scripture. So this passage states, whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord, you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. This is such a, an applicable passage here and Colossians three and it,

I like that it mentions that one, we want to work hardily. Now it says that from the beginning. And that’s the first thing that I would say as far as being able to be open about your faith in the workplace is to do a good job. Are you showing up to work and doing things well? Are you just kind of going through the motions and trying to collect a paycheck and not really putting a lot of effort into it?

The first thing that you can do to be a good witness is just do your job well. We all work in different types of professions for me that might be being a better counselor. I’m being able to pay attention a little bit better than my clients and, and, and help point them in the right direction for you. I don’t know what you may do. Maybe, maybe you don’t even have a vocation necessarily. Maybe you are a stay-at-home mom. That’s a that’s a great thing to do, but are you doing it well? If you do have more traditional employment.

Johnny Sanders (02:36.27)

Again, does your boss have to get on you to really be proactive, or are you just working hard? So don’t discount that. This is actually a very scriptural thing that work is good. Something that we talk about often in my church is that work itself is not a sinful thing. And by sinful, I mean that you know, how once sin entered the world there and Genesis,

that we had to work really hard and talked about the ground, you know, getting all the thistles and it’s just hard to work. And then obviously with women having pain and childbirth. So, yes, our work is more difficult as a result of the fall as the result of sin. But work itself is actually a pre-fall condition. Like we are made to work. Work is good. The sinful part as far as sin interrupting work is that work

Our work doesn’t always work. there’s, there’s been times that you probably have experienced this maybe doing home improvement or something and, yeah, you mess up or my wife and I right now we’re going through, old series of, of watching home improvement. If you never watched it, it’s just kind of a goofy TV show, or Tim Allen, the main character kind of messes things up. Don’t, don’t worry about that example too much, but.

Anyways, really was getting that it feels good to do projects around the home or to work hard. The issue with work is again, some problems arise. and that’s that sinful nature, not just of us individually, but in the world, this world is broken, but don’t discount that work itself is good and you want to do a good job at work. It doesn’t matter how much you share your faith or your outward about your faith. If you do a pretty bad job at work.

That’s not going to be a good way of showing your faith. So that’s, this is a scriptural mandate. We need to work well. This next piece though of the verse, goes into as for the Lord and not for men. Now we do need to work well for the sake of our, boss, for instance, or our, for our children. Maybe you’re, you’re providing care for them by being able to work hard and get put a.

Johnny Sanders (04:55.662)

roof over their head and give them food and all that stuff. So we do have some responsibility for our fellow man, but we have a greater responsibility for the Lord. He is the one who put us here on earth. He’s the, he’s the one that gave us this desire and this need to work, which again is a good thing. Provision piece of it alone. Like, yes, you do have to bring in the monetary value, but we also want to work well just because it’s good to work.

And it’s not just good to work for a man, it’s good to work for the Lord. We need to keep that in perspective when you’re messing around at work and maybe not doing a very good job. Again, it’s not just affecting your employees or your employers or coworkers or your spouse or whoever, it’s affecting the Lord. So keeping that reminder, God is not somebody that just kind of checks in on us every once in a while. He’s omnipotent. He is always there.

and we need to work well for Him, not just for those around us. This next piece I think is really good though. Knowing that from the Lord, you will receive the inheritance as your reward. Again, this goes back into the monetary piece here. Hey, if you work hard, you own your own business, or working hard for somebody else who owns the business, you get a monetary reward there.

If you work hard, get a raise or whatever, yeah, that can be some monetary reward and that’s great. But the inheritance that we receive from the Lord, I love this. I love this language here of inheritance because inheritance doesn’t really speak out of something that you earn. You have the wages there. Wages are something that you’ve earned.

When you get your wages from your paycheck, you have earned that money. Inheritance, you didn’t earn that. Like there are some things that you have to do for your family or whatever, but if you have grandparents or your parents die or whatever, and you get your earthly inheritance, you didn’t earn that. That was your parents’ money. That was your grandparents’ money. And they willed that to you. And I love this here that,

Johnny Sanders (07:19.662)

in this language that we will receive the inheritance as your reward from the Lord. That’s a big deal and it harkens back to our salvation. You go back to wages, the wages of sin, which we all have, what we have earned is death. We earned that. We all worked to get that death, that sin because we are all sinful beings, but this inheritance we didn’t earn by ourselves, but…

through the Lord. Again, when we are working well, it’s not about us earning this inheritance, earning this salvation. We want to work well to please the Lord, and He is happy to give us this inheritance. That’s the merciful and graceful Lord giving that to us, not because of our own accord. And again, this last piece, love how it ends in the passage of, you are serving the Lord Christ.

When you are working, you’re not just working for your boss. I’ll reiterate that. You’re not just working for your coworkers, for your family. You’re serving the Lord. You were serving the Lord when you were at your job. So let’s get a little bit more specific and practical of how that might look. Now, aside from just working hard, I know I hit that really hard because it’s a big deal. We need to do a good job. But what are some other ways that we can be open about our faith?

In the workplace. One is by showing humility. Look, we all suffer from pride to some degree. If you’ve ever worked with kids or had young kids yourself, you can see the pride written all over them. that’s something that we’re dealing with with having three little kids, but we’re the same way. Now we sometimes think that we’re a lot better than we really are. So you showing humility in the workplace. Hey, I messed up. I’m sorry about that in the project.

or hey, maybe humility showing by asking more questions to your boss or somebody who’s doing really well on a project so you can learn from them. Showing that humility is something that is very attractive and something that is very different. The world is gonna be able to notice when somebody’s truly being humble. So that is something to certainly implement when you are in your work environment. Something else that I…

Johnny Sanders (09:45.07)

would really look into, and this doesn’t have as much to do with the passage we went through, but having wise counsel, having people in your life that can help you make good decisions. And maybe that’s, maybe that is a boss, maybe that’s somebody at your workplace, but that could also be a pastor that can be your spouse, a friend, family member that can help give you wise counsel.

Let me give you an example. I’ve shared this on the podcast a couple of times, but let’s see. It’s been, been a few years ago now, well, whenever, the COVID mandates first started coming down the pike. This was something that I had decided was not going to be something that was going to be good for me to do. and you know, if you’re listening to this and you’ve gotten the COVID shots or the boosters or whatever, Hey, that’s your own decision, but.

This was late 2021. I had done a lot of research and I was pretty set it was almost kind of a matter of conscience for me since I knew it was not the right thing for me to do, a right thing for my family, that when my job then mandated it, I did not feel that it was in the right, the right thing for me to do to end up taking the shot. So I was facing losing my job at that time. And.

I had talked to my boss about it a little bit, but I also got wise counsel from my pastor and we talked that through and he was really helpful was prayerful, and was that listening ear when I needed it, but helped kind of point me towards the freedom that I had to make this decision and to do what I felt like was necessary. But he really pointed to that liberty that I could make that decision with a good conscience.

Again, I chose to go with my conscience. and I say that because this COVID situation, the COVID shot was a really big one. and I pray that nobody else has to make a decision like that in the near future, but look, let’s, let’s be honest. There, there’s a lot of crazy things going on in the world. and, and you may have to start making decisions based on your faith. A really big example here is going to be some of the gender types of things.

Johnny Sanders (12:06.574)

you may work at a, at a place or know somebody who works at a place where they do mandatory pronoun usage or something like that, where you have to put it on your email signature or something of that nature. Getting good counsel during this time to stand up and, and not be a part of that. It’s going to be really important. If we’re only looking at getting the paycheck and that’s the only thing that matters, then you should just put your pronoun in the bio or the email signature.

I should have just gotten the shot and moved on if that’s the only thing that matters. But, it’s not again, we’re not just working for our boss. We’re not just working for this job. We’re working for the Lord and you need to have that higher view and having wise counsel in your life, both in work and outside of work will absolutely help you along with this. This, this kind of goes into just being a witness. You don’t have to.

Bring your Bible to work pound it every single day and talk about verses all day long at work. But you do need to be a witness. Maybe that means there’s one specific coworker that you take a look at. Maybe that means that you have certain things that you don’t talk about, and you use a little bit of judgment. But like I mentioned, the pronoun usage or something like that, doing anything that goes against your faith, goes against your conscience.

you’re not going to stand for that. That can be a witness. That is, you can give that reasoning, hey, here’s why I’m not doing the pronouns. I believe God made male and female. He didn’t make mistakes. That goes against my faith. That could open up all sorts of doors by knowing the line that I’m putting in the saying there and I’m not willing to cross it. But it could also just be more intentional. So maybe it’s a friend, a coworker that you’ve had.

Maybe you do share Christ with them. You talk about how you are a sinner. Maybe some of these hot-button political social issues come up and you use that as an opportunity to share your Faith. But at some level, you need to have the mindset that other people know that you’re a Christian. Again, that’s not about me, me, me. It’s not about the showiness of looking at how spiritual and holy I am. But just because it’s such an important piece of your life, people around you should know.

Johnny Sanders (14:31.214)

They should know that you are a Christian. I’ve heard this posed somewhere on Twitter. It’s been a while back that the question was if it became illegal to be a Christian, would there be enough evidence against you to convict you of the crime? And that’s a really good way to think about this when you are at your at your work. If it became illegal, if it became you had to lose your job, if somebody said you couldn’t have any type of open faith,

would you lose your job? And hopefully, that’s something that doesn’t actually come down the pike, but it’s an interesting thing to think about. There is a degree that we work hard and we want it to be for the Lord and just working well in general, but there does come some verbalization and making stands at times that we need to do in the workplace. The last thing I’ll say on just kind of some practical advice is there’s a time and place and we need people, we need Christians working for

for Google, for Walmart, for Target, and for all of these organizations that may not be making very wise, biblical decisions in their company structure. We do need that. But at the same time, you need to look at what is most important for you and in your sphere of influence. So for me, you know, that’s going to be my wife and kids. Am I able to take care of them well in my current situation?

If the answer is no, then that does not mean that you’re a bad person by trying to find a different job. Maybe you start your own company. Maybe you find a different company that is either explicitly Christian or isn’t quite as apprehensive about Christian beliefs. It’s okay. You don’t have to stick at your job forever if it’s going to cause you to not be as good of a father, as good of a mother, as good of a Christian, or whatever it may be.

it’s affecting your role and the things that are more important, it is okay to leave. Know that that’s on the table. But we don’t want to leave solely because I might be uncomfortable sharing something. I might be uncomfortable talking about my faith. That doesn’t need to be the sole reason why we leave somewhere because again, Christian influence does need to be in even dark places. But that goes back to that wise counsel and it goes back to we are serving the Lord.

Johnny Sanders (16:59.022)

We can serve the Lord in a more explicitly Christian venture. We can serve the Lord in a very godless dark culture, but we don’t need to withhold and run away from our duties with our kids, with our spouses. If it’s affecting you, and this doesn’t even have to be about Christian, just be your stress level. Maybe you’re super duper stressed. I’m making great money, but I’m stressed all day every day. That’s affecting you to not be a good enough father. Now I’m a good enough husband, whatever it may be. It’s okay to leave that job. So.

I hope that this is helpful to you. I hope that you look at your work life and say, Hey, maybe, I do need to make some shifts. Maybe I need to be more open. Maybe I just need to work harder. Maybe I need the perspective that how I work at my employment affects my relationship with God, and with Christ as well. Hope that’s encouraging. If you feel stuck, if you’re out of a place and like, I don’t, maybe I don’t even know what kind of job I want or, my job is just so godless. I don’t even know where to begin.

If you want some help, you want consultation from me, you are more than welcome to go to my website, faithfullyengaged.com. Fill out a form there, got a contact form. If you’re interested in doing some consultation services with me, I’d be happy to work with you and try to help point you in the right direction. All right, in the meantime, I’ll catch you on the next episode on Monday.