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THE WITNESS@WORK

by Scott Hogle on August 17, 2021

Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.  John 19:39-40

Nicodemus was a Pharisee in the Sanhedrin that is best known for his secret meeting at night with Jesus to inquire of him.  Afraid of what religious leaders of the day might think if they knew of Nicodemus’s interest in Jesus, Nicodemus seemed to keep himself hidden for most of Jesus’s ministry.  Yet nicodemus makes an interesting appearance after Jesus’s death.  While Nicodemus as a seeker may not have been converted all at once, we can surmise that in the end, he believed Jesus was who he said he was as he stepped forward to help bury him. Nicodemus did not take a public stand for Jesus while he was living yet steps up to be associated with him in his death. 

At some point in your journey, you will be given an opportunity to affirm your Christian belief publicly.  We all come to and mature in Christ in our own way and in our own time.  As a mature believer, I affirm in my secular work environment, ‘I am a person of faith, a Christian’.  Being a witness for your faith in your work life can carry risk.  Here are a few non-threatening ways in which you can walk out your faith at work:

  • When you see someone struggling with a life event, offer to pray for them.  Rarely does anyone refuse a request to be prayed for, especially when they are hurting.
  • When you see someone stuck in a situation, offer to brainstorm with them and use this an an opportunity to share how God helped you with a situation before.  
  • When you see someone stressed, show them how to use the micro-moments in their day to meditate, pray, or Prayer Walk as a way to trade stress for God’s peace.

REFLECT TO CONNECT:

  1. In what ways do you share your faith at work?
  2. When was the last time you shared your faith in Christ?
  3. How do you know when is the right time vs. wrong time for sharing your faith at work?

Principle:  When someone you know is in need, the door of opportunity is open to pray for them. 

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