THE GOSPEL IN THE WORKPLACE
Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
So Philip ran to him and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah and said,
“Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8:29-30)
Last week, Nancy and I separately led two cab drivers to the Lord. It happened when each of us was riding on different days to the airport; one driver was an Indian and the other a Chinese. At the start of this year, I had asked God to help me lead at least thirty persons to Him outside of church or Sunday services. The hardest one was my first one in January. I’ve found it gets easier the more you do it! Three weeks ago, two persons received Jesus at my workplace. Amazingly I’ve led ten to Christ!
The workplace does not have to be your actual place of work; it could be at the mall, the bus stop, the badminton court, your school or your neighborhood. It could be when you are talking to a waiter in a restaurant, sitting next to someone on a flight or shopping in a supermarket. It is any place outside church or religious activities.
To share the gospel in the workplace, we must be intentionally soul-conscious and Spirit-sensitive. We need to ask each morning: “Lord whom shall I share with today?” When He says go, we move! That’s how Philip shared with the Ethiopian eunuch. The Spirit had said to him: “Go near and overtake the chariot…” “Going near” means making connection: asking the person how they are; introducing yourself, asking their name. “Overtaking the chariot” is stepping out in faith with the gospel. We “overtake” the person’s daily affairs and ask: “Has anyone told you God loves you?” or “Can I tell you what Jesus has done for me?” In Philip’s case, he asked: “Do you understand what you are reading?” The eunuch looked up and asked Philip to explain the gospel.
At least 30% of the people we speak to will respond similarly. “Yes, I’d like to pray to invite Jesus in,” or “Yes, I’d like to know more.” Sharing the gospel is an amazingly fruitful thing in Malaysia. But unless we step out and start, we will never experience being used by God to partner in the greatest miracle of all!
2016 YEAR OF STRENGTH
PsDr Philip Lyn