“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” – 1 Peter 3:15.
This past week, I entered into three businesses that shared the Gospel. One business had a Bible verse on the wall, and the other two had Christian music playing in the background. What made each of these occurrences interesting was that none of them out-rightly proclaimed they were Christian. For example, it was not a Christian bookstore, such as Family Christian, or a Christian coffeehouse. Though they may not have fit the idyllic “Christian mold,” they did not refrain from sharing about God.
I have much respect for businesses that use their operation to spread the Good News about Christ. These companies walk with no fear knowing their God is for them and with them always. There should be no such thing as a timid Christian. Nothing about the majesty, greatness, and beauty of the Almighty Father should make us timid. It should be shouted from the rooftops for all to hear.
However, there is something to be said about spreading the Gospel, too. We, as a society, cannot hold onto material possessions to do so. Yes, using a canvas and music is a great way to spread the Gospel, but it should not be the only way. I am not saying that everyone should leave what they are doing and become a missionary overseas either. No! That is not my point at all.
My point is that your mission field is your LIFE. It is one of our greatest calls in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Everything we do should bring glory to God: It is how you react to a sticky situation at the supermarket. It is how you behave behind the wheel when running late. It is the way you love others. It is the way you forgive and wash others with grace. It is especially the way you lovingly share with someone about their sin. We have no idea when God is coming again. No idea. We should live every day as if he is coming in the very next moment. If we truly revere Christ with all our hearts, we should only yearn to be that light in the world. People should be able to look at us and wonder, “What makes them filled with so much joy in the midst of all of life’s chaos?”
Have you all seen or heard of companies sharing the Gospel that may surprise people? How do you feel about businesses doing so? Let me know what your thoughts are! It could be a great discussion!