He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Written by: Kyle Stanforth
The best guess is Jesus was a carpenter as a young adult. We know His father Joseph was a carpenter. Chances are Jesus learned the trade of his earthly father Joseph. Now knowing who Jesus is, I can only imagine His wood products were amazing! But, we don’t see anywhere in the Bible or historical accounts that “the people lined up for miles to buy these tables and chairs made by this carpenter from Nazareth!”
Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, was a tentmaker. He said, “Do everything as if it was for the Lord” (Col 3:23-24). But, he is not known for his tents.
So how does work fit into our life? Jesus said, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to everyone.” (Mark 16:15) While I have been blessed with jobs that have taken me all over the world. More importantly, I have made relationships with people from all kinds of cultures. When I would go into a new work environment and meet new associates, I would remember this verse. I would tell myself “As I go to all of the world, preach the Gospel to everyone.”
But how did you do this? Remember these three R’s.
When we are working, there are expectations for results. Jesus may have had to bust out an order of chairs and Paul may have had to crank out some tents. We are paid for results.
Love God and love people. The people part can be a challenge sometimes. We build relationships at work. When we are working with others, this is the best time for them to “see Jesus” in us. Be relatable, kind, and hard-working. We need to build relationships that are strong enough to support the Truth of the Gospel.
As we build authentic relationships, opportunities will present themselves. People will reach out to friends they trust when hard times come. So we need to be ready. Perhaps as you naturally share what’s going on in your life, a question about your faith will come up. Be ready to share what you’ve seen Jesus do in your life.
Thought of the day: What area of your work life do you need to improve? It could be delivering results, developing relationships, or readiness to share the Good News.
Prayer: God, open my eyes to see the ministry You have put me in—the people I interact with every day. Help me focus on the tasks I have been assigned. Help me develop relationships with those who don’t know You and give me the words to share with them. Amen.