Many of us desire to participate in the Great Commission and genuinely want to share what Jesus is doing in our lives. But how do we do that in the complex landscape of today’s workplace?
Peter has wise counsel for us. His instruction highlights a posture of response. We are to be ready to give a gentle and respectful answer for the hope we have. The privilege of being asked is the result of being in real no-strings-attached relationships with people we work with. These relationships are built on conversations, and conversations happen when we take interest in people, ask them questions and listen.
Getting started is as simple as paying attention. Everyone has a tell. Take note of what is on your colleague’s desk, in their cube, or around their office. Chances are there is a story behind that favorite coffee cup, family photo, and trinket from Guatemala. These are not random objects but artifacts that have the power to build a bridge between you. As you enter more authentically into each other’s lives the door will open to share the reason for the hope you have.
Love and care for your coworker will produce more fruit than a polished and well-rehearsed plan of salvation.
“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