At work, two people sitting at the break table were talking about an employee who was recently fired. You have to have some fairly blatant improper behavior around here in order to get fired. He evidently was doing things at his desk other than working.

One person pointed out in a negative tone of voice that the person who was fired was Christian. He always had a Bible on his desk and was talking about Jesus.

We are supposed to be ambassadors for Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20) We are representatives of His way. We reflect His glory. Of course, we will not be perfect, (I John 1:7-8), but we will be striving to live that way and our life will reflect that. People should be able to determine from our actions, not just our words, that we are Christians.

We “are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Matthew 5:13

As an example to others, when we are at work, we should strive to do an honest days work as if Jesus Christ was our employer.

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossian 3:22-24

In Acts 9:2, early Christians were identified as those who belonged to the Way. Do you see the significance? They were known by how they lived their lives, not just by what they said.

The co-worker that I referred to earlier may have been talking about Jesus Christ, but he was not living the Way. By not working when he should have been working, he was stealing from his employer. He was also damaging Christ’s reputation claiming the name Christian, implying he was a representative of Jesus’ way of life.

Are you living the Way?

By Nancy Vandemark