Today at One11 we had a networking opportunity to talk to people that work in industries we would like to get into. We do this about once a year and some people l jobs through connections they didn’t know they had. One of the questions we asked in our circles was, “How do you reach others for God in your industry?”
Most of us didn’t even know how to answer that question. As Mark Moore pointed out to the group, very few people are called into full time ministry, but everyone is called to further the kingdom. So what does that look like? For some people like me it’s in a hobby. I found out (also at One11) that analysis is one of the gifts of the spirit. I won’t claim to be particularly insightful, but I do hope that I challenge people to think about things differently every week with my blog posts.
I look up to writers like C.S. Lewis; he had the ability to explain Christian principles to the masses in short radio segments (a lot were transcribed and compiled into collections you can purchase from book stores.) Everyone who writes social commentary can admire the intellect of C.S. Lewis, regardless of their religious preference. It’s very rare to transcend disciplines like he did. He was a radio broadcaster, author, and professor but never a minister, yet his work has ministered to more people for more years than many pastors. C.S. Lewis explained complex Christian ideas and principles to everyday people. He’s probably the most famous modern day theologian of our time.
So what can we learn from his example? We reach people in the works we produce. By being a Christian we are called to be a light on a hill. That means when someone does business with you, when someone seeks your advice, when someone interacts with you, they should see Christ in you. This is seen in treating people with dignity, engaging in ethically transparent business negotiations, and choosing what’s right over what’s easier or profitable. It doesn’t matter if you answer phones in a pizzeria or negotiate million dollar development deals, people should admire your character because they can see the light of Christ in you.
I’ll never forget a message that Pastor Mark Moore preached in December 2012. He challenged everyone by asking a simple question, “When you stand in the spotlight do people see you, or are you a reflection of Christ?” It’s definitely a challenging question. I don’t know that I quite live up to that but I would like to say it’s something I strive to be. It’s a good aspiration for all of us who identify as Christians.