Living in a way that commands the respect of outsiders – in this case, those who do not follow Jesus – is vital to the furthering of the gospel. The onus is on each and every one of us, too. People are watching how we live out our lives, how we get our work done, how we lead. But living a daily life that honors Christ in a way that invites outsiders in doesn’t need to be complicated!
Paul breaks it down to the Thessalonians in not so many words. We’ll let him sum up the points to living a daily life that wins the respect of outsiders, as written in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (MSG).
Three Keys to Winning Respect:
- Stay calm.
- Mind your own business.
- Do your own job.
Simple. To the point. Pretty blunt. However, when walked out in succession each and every day, we’re shining a light into our workplace that attracts others to the gospel. People want to follow someone who is calm, who doesn’t stress them out. People want to follow and listen to those who respect boundaries, who are open-handed and who avoid micromanaging. And finally, when our own work speaks for itself, when we do it with excellence and as an act of worship, it says something.
These three keys might seem small, but they speak loudly to others. And you can put them into practice TODAY.