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An Infographic about Evangelism (credit goes to Randy Newman)

In his book Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well, Randy Newman got me thinking about evangelism in a new way. I tried putting it into an infographic; let me know if it’s helpful.

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Series: How to Stay in our jobs with God — Treating our Work Relationships as Gifts

In this final installment of notes on John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life ideas for integrating faith and work, we’ll be looking at

#6. “We make much of Christ in our secular work by treating the web of relationships it creates as a gift of God to be loved by practical deeds of help and sharing the Gospel” (p. 151).

To begin this section of the book, Piper explains his rational for putting this item last: “…not because it is least important but because some who put it first never say anything else about the importance of secular work” (p. 151). Thankfully, Piper does not diminish the Christian calling to a secular workplace as solely a vehicle for personal evangelism. However, if Jesus wasn’t lying when he talked about what he had come to do, and if it’s true that he died as a substitute for any who will let him, then the importance of sharing this “good news” can’t be diminished, either. As Piper says, “speaking the good news of Christ is part of why God put you in your job” (p. 151, emphasis mine).

God has given us our secular jobs for many reasons–to excel in them through creativity and industry, to create useful products, to promote human flourishing through the products we make or services we render, to provide for our needs, to provide for the needs of others, to enjoy with Him–and one of them is to be messengers of the good news. All the other ways to bring God to work combine together to make our context-conscious speaking of the Gospel attractive. And, if what Jesus Christ said is true, that knowing God is the the only life there is (John 17:3) and that he is the way to God (John 14:6) and that he didn’t come to give us advice on how to live (religion) but rather to give us life itself–well, then we don’t really love our jobs or the people we work with if we’re not willing to share that with them. And we can’t look at that last statement as a guilt trip, because guilt trips don’t motivate over the long term. It’s not a guilt trip, it’s a reality check.

May this series of reflections be used by the Holy Spirit to break down the idea that faith and work are separate things; may it reconnect us with the reality of what we set out to do when we get out of bed each morning to go to work.