Does the gospel affect every area of your life or only your church life?
That’s the question I believe every Christian should ask. Often the latter, church life, is what most Christians focus on as a life lived for Jesus, where you serve on Sundays and your mid-week small group gathering. Only in the last 2 years, have I really evaluated every area of my life and assessed how the gospel of Jesus Christ should define my approach and how I live in those various environments (parenting, my job, what I consume and why, how I live as a neighbor, etc.).
One of the areas that I believe has changed the most for me is work. What is my attitude for going to work? How do I share my faith in a work environment in a way that is normal and not attacking? The gospel had to change me first before it changed the answer to those questions. I believe it has not only made me a better employee, but also helped me immensely in sharing my faith as an outflow of my everyday life. As I spoke with a friend this morning, he’s seen a similar thing occur in his own life. When I asked him what had changed in the last year, he articulated it this way:
I just realized the other meaning in that title. I think that’s truly what changed this year. I could see and EXPLAIN how the Gospel was at work in my life…in life in general. It was being able to boldly and openly share how the Gospel shaped every aspect of my life. Why did I serve? Because Christ did. Why do I pursue a relationship with a girl the way I do? Because it’s supposed to be a reflection of Christ’s love for the church. It was the Gospel at work that allowed the Gospel being shared at work to be real to people. I’m not really sure I can keep typing this right now cuz it conjures up a lot of intense feelings. But I’m pretty sure that was the difference…that and allowing the Gospel to be my identity. Not a church-going Christian, but a Gospel-believing-and-Gospel-sharing normal guy.
As I read it, I felt like it explained what has happened in me as well. As the gospel begins to be at work in you, it will change the way the gospel is displayed at work through you.