I’ve also come to learn that ministry isn’t separate from my career. I don’t think of myself as having a “marketplace ministry,” but I am intentional about being a Christian wherever I am. So that means I’m a Christian at work, too.
I’ve led several Bible studies at work, prayed with people, shared the Gospel, offered Biblical words of encouragement and prophetic words, said grace with (non-Christian) colleagues at lunch, given people books to read, and pastored co-workers through challenging life circumstances. I’ve gotten to pray for and see healing miracles, help people hear God for themselves, and even disciple colleagues into mature disciple-making ministry leaders.
In so many ways I wish I could be set free of my legal career because my heart really is in “ministry.” But every time I knock (or pound…) on that door, God makes it clear that He’s not opening it. There’s a reason and purpose why He has me where He does. I suspect that in His thinking, “ministry” doesn’t happen only in church or the Christian sub-culture. So I think of myself as assigned to minister (help, love, serve) to the people in my agency.
I’m pretty bold at work. Not for boldness-sake, but because I’m just pretty bold in general. I share stories about how God has led me and what He’s done in my life. When asked why I live so differently, I tie it to the gospel. I work Bible verses into conversations in non-awkward ways. I build people up with truth. I go out of my way to think of my colleagues, listen to them, esteem them above myself, and love on them by bringing in food or giving compliments. I’m not belligerent or awkward about sharing my faith. But I’m also not ashamed. Why would I be? Look at what He’s done for me!
And yes, being a visible Christian at work has cost me. It’s cost me job offers and friendships. It’s resulted in false accusations and vindictive vendettas. But as Rich Mullins said, “What I believe is what makes me what I am.” And I am who I am, whether I’m at work, at home, or at church.
I’m a Jesus follower.