Sitting in reception at one of my London-based clients, someone I had previously coached appeared looking very unwell. Spluttering and looking flushed, she announced, “I think I might need to go home. I feel awful.” My immediate response was to beckon her over and pray together; A quick, “All flu symptoms go in the name of Jesus” prayer. Immediately she felt heat go through her body. I smiled as she walked back to her desk, reappearing five minutes later, saying “This is so weird, I feel much better, what’s happening?” to which I replied, “It’s Jesus, he is healing you!” A week later I asked after her, and her colleague replied, “She didn’t need to go home and next day was fully recovered!”
Your workplace matters to God and he loves nothing more than for you to partner with him there. Only a small percentage of Christians are called to full time church ministry, but we are all instructed to, “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). By radically changing the way you think about work and learning how to partner with God as you go about your daily activities you can experience greater job satisfaction as you bring Kingdom influence and transformation to those around you.
“Every place where you set your foot will be yours.” (Deuteronomy 11:24)
Wherever God has placed you, allow him to fill your heart with compassion for the people you work with and encounter daily. Meet people where they are on their faith journey and love them above all else.
Demonstrate the little things that reflect God’s character and Kingdom such as random acts of kindness, encouragement, taking time to listen to people; being ‘salt and light’ using words that honour and respect others. Share prophetic words using everyday language; “I get a sense that…” rather than “God just said…”. Covert situations lead to overt opportunities because the individual catches a glimpse of Jesus and likes what they see, feel, and hear. By partnering with Holy Spirit, you can discern which way to go.
Throughout your working life you will have around 90,000 hours of Kingdom opportunity. Whatever you do, wherever you find yourself working, go and be the best you can be, with God and for God. Be the change you want to see in the world and reflect, “on earth as it is in Heaven”.
With a calling to ‘change the face of leadership’ Karen published her book “Called to Influence: How to become a Kingdom-style Leader in your Workplace” in 2017. In February 2020, she launched a group training series titled “Called to Influence; How to bring God’s Kingdom at Work” which is a practical resource to equip believers to become world-changing disciples, whatever their workplace world looks like. Full details of both are available at www.calledtoinfluence.com