I am thinking through some of the issues related to being a Christ-follower at work. What are some of the issues that you have faced as you have tried to follow Christ in the midst of your career? What are some of the issues that your friends have faced?
I first began thinking about this issue (how to be a Christ-follower at work) when my friend Steve began to follow Christ and his teachings. After a tragedy in their family, my friend began to take seriously the call of Christ to follow him. Steve took his baptism seriously and repentance seriously and began living out the teachings of Jesus.
One night Steve called me and asked if we could meet for coffee. We met at a local resturant late that evening. My friend explained to me that the following morning, he would speak with his boss and that conversation would mean the end of his job. I asked him why he was so sure that a job loss would be the end result of this conversation. He said, “I am going to tell him that I have become a Christian and I can no longer close my eyes to some things that are going on in this company.” (My friend was in business with a man whom he had known since he was a child.)
Sure enough, the next day Steve called me and told me about the conversation. It went as he expected. Steve no longer had a job.
This story has reminded me that many, many people face great challenges as they follow Christ and attempt to go about their work and career.
My question to you is:
What are some issues at work that you have faced which challenged you as a Christ-follower? What are some of the challenges? What are some of the temptations?
(I really appreciate your comments and input to these questions. Thanks!)