Make Your Cubicle Your Mission Field

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Spreading the Gospel should begin right where you are now.

If you have a full-time job, chances are good that you spend around one third of every weekday enclosed in an office or cubicle. That’s a huge part of your day! When you consider that roughly another third of your day is spent sleeping, it doesn't leave much time for everything else in your life. Believers could easily ask the question how the day-to-day reality of their job situations square away with Jesus’ final, all-important, great command.

Right before Jesus physically left the earth, He had something He wanted to say. You can imagine the intense looks on the disciples’ faces as they leaned in, hung on every word, and held their breath as Jesus gave them His final instructions:

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)

As a child, my view of missions was shaped by names like Lottie Moon and images of American missionaries surrounded by African children. I had the idea that missions happened far away to people far away.

Start Where You Are

My childhood view of missions is not what missions is at all. In fact, spreading the Gospel should begin right where you are now. In Acts 1, Jesus told the Disciples:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Geographically, Jesus told the disciples to start where they were, in Jerusalem, then go to the greater surrounding areas of Judea and Samaria, and then finally to the ends of the earth. In saying this, He gave them an outline for a strategy, and that strategy began with where they were.

You Are Here

So, where are you? If you are a follower of Christ, God has called you to go and make followers of Him. Do you know the barista who serves you coffee every day? Start there. Do you see the same moms at the playground every week? Start there. Do you wave at your neighbor several times a week, but haven’t gotten to know them? Start there.

Those of us who spend a solid eight hours every day in the same environment have a ripe opportunity to develop relationships over a period of time. Your work relationships can absolutely be your biggest mission field. As believers who have been given a charge from Christ Himself, we should use this opportunity strategically!

Excuses, Excuses

Sure, you have deadlines at work. There's no time. Talking about Jesus at your office may be frowned upon. I get all that. I’ve been there. But no one is asking you to whip out your Bible in the middle of a team meeting. In fact, please don’t. Just make an effort to be deliberate and develop the relationships God has placed around you. He will provide the right time and place for you to tell them about Him.

How can you be a light to them today? A simple smile and a positive attitude is a good place to start, but over the long term you can get to know them, listen to them, and be a friend. Start with that, and you will see how God opens the doors to move the conversation over to spiritual things during a (casual lunch or some other) divinely appointed time.

Take Action

So, how do you begin making your cubicle (or wherever you are) your mission field? Here are a few steps:

Pray: No mission should begin without this. Ask God to use you in your workplace for His glory. Ask Him to bring relationships about for you. Ask Him to soften the hearts of non-believers and to present opportunities.

Select a target: Write down three names of people who need Jesus with whom you already have a great relationship. If you can’t think of three, start with one. Begin praying for them, and be intentional with the time you spend with them and what you talk about during that time.

Watch for opportunities: You would be surprised how God will be faithful to bring about opportunities to share your faith with the people on your list, especially as you are on your knees asking Him for them!

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