Have you ever thought about how you can integrate your faith and work? In today’s globalized world, being a marketplace worker provides a unique opportunity to spread the Good News and be a light in the darkness.
Sharing the gospel in an unfamiliar place can seem daunting, but the first step is simple: pray. As children of God, prayer should be the first step in all that we do. It provides insight, courage, and wisdom because God already knows where we need to be, who we need to talk to, and what we need to say. If you have a friend who is far from God, ask Him for help. Ask God to guide you in what to say and when to say it. You’ll be surprised at how God can open your eyes to opportunities you may not even see.
Remember that prayer is not just a one-time thing. It should be a constant conversation between you and God. Pray before you speak with that friend or stranger, during your conversation, and after. The Good News message cannot transform a soul without the work of the Holy Spirit.
Once you’ve prayed, engage with those around you. Start building relationships with your coworkers, neighbors, and even strangers. Strike up a conversation, offer a kind word or a smile, and let the love of God shine through you. To have a meaningful conversation, there are 3 guiding principles that can help you live out God’s love in the workplace by listening, being curious, and sharing.
As Christians, we are called to be compassionate. Our actions and words should reflect the joy and love that come from our faith. It’s not just about saying hello or making small talk, it’s about showing genuine care and concern for others. One of the best ways to do this is by listening. Everyone has a story, and taking the time to hear someone’s story is a powerful way to show them that they matter. By understanding what someone is going through, you can more effectively share the gospel with them. Jesus himself was a friend of sinners and demonstrated this by listening and showing genuine interest in people’s lives.
When the time feels right, share the good news with those around you. Begin by making the person comfortable, actively listening to their story, and then share with them how God has been a source of comfort, healing, and joy in your own life. Share your personal testimony and how God has worked in your own life. You don’t need to be an expert in evangelism to lead someone to Christ. It’s about letting the overflow of God’s love in you be a light to those around you.
Remember, sharing the gospel in the global marketplace is not only possible, but it’s also a unique opportunity to integrate your faith and your work. Pray for guidance, engage with those around you, show compassion, and listen to their stories. Let the love of God shine through you and share the good news when the time is right. You can be a light in the darkness, spreading the love and hope of Christ to those who need it most.
Interested in becoming a marketplace worker on mission? We encourage you to take the readiness quiz (https://www.omusa.org/readiness-quiz) or book a call today to begin your journey so you can share the gospel in the global marketplace and make a kingdom impact.