LIVING ON MISSION IN YOUR WORKPLACE
If you’ve attended Restoration Church from the very beginning, or recently started attending, you’ve probably noticed that every worship service ends with the phrase, “You’ve been sent to live on mission.” Before we dive into how you can “live on mission” in your workplace (because that’s probably why you clicked on this blog post) let’s clear up some definitions so that we’re all on the same page moving forward.
Mission : an important assignment.
The great commission found in Matthew 28:19-20 says,
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The greatest commandment (or mission) found in Matthew 22:37-39,
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
And lastly, our mission at Restoration Church is:
“Seeing lives restored through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Let’s combine those all together by saying, the “mission” is to love God, love others, and tell people about Jesus so that they may know Him too. Now, how do we do that in the workplace? Well hold on, one more definition is needed, so let’s also define “workplace.” Your school, relationships, marriage, parenthood, job, church life, that can all be considered your workplace because all of those parts of your life are how you work and serve the kingdom of God.
So, how do we live on this mission in our workplace? If you’re hoping for a “step by step” process, or formula, for living on mission, there isn’t one. Living on mission is probably going to look different from person to person, but our theology (which simply means: the study of God) should change everything. What we believe about God and who He is should impact every aspect of our life. If we’re going to imitate Him and live on His mission in our workplace, then we’re going to need to know Him, and if we’re going to know Him we are going to need to know His Word and spend time with Him.
When I think about living on mission in my workplace, I think it’s more about forming spiritual habits rather than making a goal to “talk more about Jesus at work.” We desire our faith in Jesus to impact everything we do, so we have to know Him.
Ask yourself: Does the way I live in my workplace (remember, this can be school, relationships, job, your presence online) match up with the theological truth that I know to be true about God? Am I reflecting His attributes? Think about God’s character. We can all agree He is loving, kind, sacrificial, patient, etc. Is that reflected in your relationships? Do you give God a say in your job? Family? School? Schedule? Money? Attention?
As I said at the beginning, living on mission in the workplace can look different for everyone. Maybe for one person it’s speaking boldly with an unbelieving co-working, for another it may be saying “no” to a work trip or activity in order to volunteer at church. Maybe it’s saying “yes” to tithing for the first time or tithing more sacrificially. This could look like donating your expertise or your time to do a job for free, fasting from social media, praying with your child, or shutting off your phone to read your Bible. Living on mission doesn’t always look loud and bold. Often it can be little choices you make throughout the day that set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.
So we’ll conclude with this, what do you need to say “yes” or “no” to in order to live on mission? What habits do you need to form in order to know Jesus and reflect Him to others?