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I work with someone who is an atheist. They don't know I'm a Christian. How can I be a witness in my workplace?
Thank you for your question. Your situation can be a difficult one but I am glad to hear that you want to be a positive witness for Christ in your work environment.
The concerns you feel are not unique to you. Every Christian will have felt challenged to be a witness and also the difficulty of sharing their faith in what could be a hostile environment. However, I encourage you to take the step of faith and to be open that you follow Jesus.
Your first challenge is to be open about your faith. Clearly this is difficult because people are unaware that you are a Christian and may be hostile to you, but let us remember that you know the person at your work is an atheist; they clearly haven't been shy about their lack of faith, so in the same way, don't be shy about your faith in Jesus!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16).
There are many things that you can do, as a Christian, that show the example of Christ and the different he has made within you.
- Don't be rude or argumentative in your faith. Yes, be a witness for Christ, but of course we are not called to argue or be rude to others. Rather, through our gentleness and attitude toward others, we can be a positive witness for Christ that encourages others toward him. In your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).
- Be a witness through your work ethic. Through working without grumbling, to honouring your colleagues, to even doing mundane tasks with a smile, you can be a witness for Christ that shows you are different in action, not just in word. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men (Colossians 3:23).
- Pray for God's guidance. Ask God, through his Holy Spirit to guide you in your place of work, that he would help you in the conversations you have. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person (Colossians 4:6).
- Ask your local church leadership and other Christians for their support. Through their prayers, testimony and ideas sharing, people form your local church can help you better in your situation. They may have knowledge or experience that is invaluable to you. Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17).
- Understand that you may receive difficulty for your witness. From being made fun of, to bullying or even being fired, it is possible that you may face some difficulties in your workplace because of your faith, however unfair this may be. However, we know that God has victory in all things, including any difficulty we may face. "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
I'm sure there are many other ways that you could have help in being a witness for Christ in your workplace.
In summary, I encourage you to be a witness for Christ and not to be concerned regarding what people may think of you. May you be bold in your faith yet full of peace, knowing that God will guide you and that you will see people in your workplace change and even become follows of Jesus.
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