Make Him Famous with Your Job
At the conferences where I speak, I always invite participants to fill out a program feedback card. At a recent event, one woman lovingly wrote, “Keep making Jesus famous!” Her words blessed me because in recent weeks I have been pondering how God wants His children to glorify Him, or in simpler terms, to “make Him famous.”
Making Jesus famous means that I am God’s public relations girl. My goal should be to make a big deal about Him through every aspect of my life so that others will think He is a big deal, too.
Many Christians often feel their work life is incompatible with making Christ famous. They think, How can I glorify God when I am sitting behind a desk at an insurance office? How can I make Him famous when I am picking up trash on the street, cutting hair, teaching school, or drilling teeth? And like one woman I know, she believes that her job is meaningless and that it has no eternal impact.
But is that true? Do you need to be a pastor or a missionary to make an impact and glorify God? Is making a difference for Him reserved for “special people,” while everyone else must stay stuck in the mud of the mundane?
If you relate to any of the above sentiments, remember three things that will encourage you to make an impact for God right where you are.
Use your career to support your calling.
Maybe God has placed you in the insurance field as a salesman. This is your career, but your calling may be entirely different. Perhaps your calling is to go on short-term missions. Through the financial resources afforded by your career, you are able to fulfill your calling. You may even be able to help someone else fulfill their calling with your extra financial blessings. Don’t get stuck in the “spend-everything-you-make” mentality that is so pervasive in American culture; it will leave you without the ability to give. Leverage all that you have for His Kingdom by being wise with your money. In this way, you can make Jesus famous.
Your mission field is right where you are.
Remember that your mission field is right where God has placed you. If you keep a posture of readiness in your spirit, and you ask Him to make you sensitive to the needs of those around you at work, He will place people in your path who need Him.
When I lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I met hundreds of people in coffee shops, where I would go to do much of my work as a freelance writer. I can’t count the number of individuals I was able to share Christ with just because I kept my eyes and ears open. The problem is not that there aren’t needs; the problem is that many times we are not sensitive to those needs. Ask God to use you and then wait for Him to show up and do something amazing.
Make Jesus famous through difficult work relationships.
One summer during college, I worked as a waitress in a small resort town. One of the other waitresses was unfairly keeping more than her fair share of tip money which should have been split equally among the kitchen staff.
After praying about it, I felt the Lord impress on my spirit, I want you to give her some of your money. I now realize this was God’s antidote against bitterness in my heart. I did as God said and my small gift also opened the door for God to be glorified. At the end of the summer, this young waitress inquired about my faith and I was able to tell her about Christ.
I hope you are encouraged to view your corner of the world as a place to make Jesus famous. People are everywhere and people everywhere need Jesus. God has designated you as a “minister” at your place of employment. Shine for Him. After all, you are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
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