Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Like many of you, I work in the business world with business people focused on business goals most the day long. Dealing with such diverse people in a world centered on self preservation and advancement is often a challenge; especially while trying to serve “as unto the Lord!” But it is such a pleasure when I come across a fellow Christian in the corporate trenches!
In the field I work in, it’s easy for a believer to blend in with the non-believers. Professional decorum is a great disguise. After all, it’s not like we Christians wear A-frame signs with the word “Repent!” written on it as our work-day uniform! We don’t carry inordinately large Bibles to every meeting. At first glance, you might not see any obvious differences at all. Even our desks are regular workplaces with most devoid of any tell-tale signs of our belief. We dress in business attire like everyone else. We perform our duties like everyone else. Yet, while we appear to be the same as everyone else, we are all together different… or at least we should be.
At a lunch meeting the other day, I sat with a group of professionals from another company I frequently do business with. One of the representatives and I have worked together for some time, but this meeting would be our first outside of the office conference room. We ordered our food, discussed our business, and began to partake of our lunch when I noticed; he paused, bowed his head, and silently prayed before returning to our conversation and meal. While we all continued on without missing a beat, inwardly I was awestruck and admittedly, extremely convicted. How many times had I silently prayed, but was too self-conscience to close my eyes or move my head or sit still too long so as to avoid explanation or draw attention to myself? But this gentleman prayed humbly, with quiet composure, without losing one ounce of credibility as a professional. I am thoroughly ashamed of myself.
Where ever we work, where ever we serve, whether at home or at school, we should be notably different from the rest of the world. We are, after all, a “peculiar” people, set apart, holy. If we are abiding in Him, the manifestation of His presence in our lives will be effortless, natural and genuine. People will take notice. Their behaviors around us will change; some for good, and some not so good. But in all, our curious peculiarities we will be a shining reflection of Jesus Christ. May this be our motivation today to work with greater integrity, with steadfast loyalty, and with overflowing joy that we may bring Him honor and glory for His name sake.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.