When Jesus said, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation,” (Mark 16:15, ESV), that didn’t just apply to missionaries in Africa. It also didn’t mean that only those who travel to the far reaches of the Earth are charged with sharing the gospel. It applies to all believers, no matter where God has placed us. And that includes the workplace. So what does your faith at work look like? Does it take a back seat? Do people even know that you’re a Christian?
How the Great Commission Applies to Our Daily Lives
The Great Commission is referenced all the time in Christian circles. It’s part of the gospel that takes place after Jesus has been resurrected. He appears to his 11 disciples, rebukes them for not believing the witnesses who saw him alive with their own eyes, and then delivers the Great Commission.
“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:15-16
Then Jesus was taken up to Heaven and His disciples went out to preach the gospel. It’s fairly simple. Jesus said, tell other people about me. But most of the time when we hear about the Great Commission, it’s in reference to missions. As if the mission field is the only place it’s appropriate to share the gospel.
But the mission field is any interaction we have with someone who isn’t a Christ-follower. The mission field is all around us, and we are in it every day. The mission field is our personal relationships and our professional ones too. Your workplace is a mission field.
Your Faith at Work
When you start viewing your workplace as a mission field, you start to interact differently with your coworkers. You start to embrace your faith at work; it becomes an integral part of how you react to conflict, and how you handle that one coworker who really rubs you the wrong way.
Most importantly, viewing your workplace as another mission field reminds you that you have a greater purpose on this earth. You exist to glorify God and to make his name known. Suddenly, all those things that really frustrate you at work begin to look a whole lot more frivolous.