Many people compartmentalize their lives. Work is work. Play is play. Me-time is me-time.
It’s easy not to want the various areas of our lives to overlap. Maybe each part of your life requires a different side of your personality and it’s just too overwhelming to think about combining any. Perhaps you want to be one-track minded and be able to fully focus on the task at hand.
While the reasons for wanting the areas of your life to stay separate may be understandable, there’s a difference when it comes to a certain area: faith.
You Can Integrate Work and Faith
Jesus commands us in Matthew 28 to go and make disciples of all nations. This is our mission. This does not mean you have to pack up and move to the other side of the world, although in some cases, it may. This means that we are all called to live on mission wherever God has us. In whatever season.
The Lord has placed each of us where we are for a specific purpose. It says in Jeremiah that He has a plan for our lives, one to prosper us, not to harm us. The truth is that He has guided and directed you to where you are in your life, and that includes your business.
Don’t Let Satan Get the Victory
It isn’t always easy to be a Christian in the business world. It can be hard to display that part of our lives. Satan feeds us lies to get us not to share our faith at work. People don’t care. You’ll become a distraction. Your employees will think differently of you. You will get left out of things. Your faith is private, it can be your little secret and you don’t have to tell anyone. And that’s just what these are…lies. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy.”
I encourage you not to not to let Satan get the victory in this area.
Live On Mission
Not only should we desire to be obedient to Christ and His commands, but our lives should look different if we’ve truly accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. So much so that people can’t help but notice something different about you.
With the Holy Spirit living inside of you, you can live on mission just by being who you are. Don’t over-complicate the Gospel. Making disciples and spreading the gospel doesn’t have to happen in one specific way. In fact, it shouldn’t. God has given us all different gifts, personalities and placements in the world to reach as many as we can for His Kingdom.
How Do You Make Work Your Mission Field?
Whatever it may be, there are plenty of ways to use work as your mission field.
- Take a coworker out to lunch and get to know them. Pour into them, encourage them, pray for them.
- Invite your employees to your church. This will allow your bond to grow beyond the walls of work.
- Play Christian music while you’re at your desk. People may notice and ask. And it allows you to stay encouraged and keep your mind right at the office.
- Pray for your business. Your employees, your vision, etc.
Your mission field is your scope of reach. It doesn’t have to be a village in Haiti or a school room in China. It doesn’t have to be only on Sundays or only when you’re with your Bible study group.
Your career field is your mission field. Your job is where you spend a lot of your time and energy. You’re surrounded by others that do as well. God has blessed you with your job to make an impact in His Kingdom.
How are you making your career field your mission field?