From Career to Calling – Man of Influence
Key Bible Verse: They must show themselves to be entirely trustworthy and good. Then they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive in every way. – Titus 2:10
Bonus Reading: Titus 2:11-14
Sitting in a waiting room while my Honda was being repaired, I noticed a man with shaggy white hair make coffee, pile doughnuts on a plate, and place literature on a table. Salesmen walking through the room addressed him with affection and respect.
After he left I studied the literature; it was Christ-honoring. I learned from an employee that the man owned this and other dealerships, and that his take-charge decisiveness, coupled with kindness and humility, made him great to work for.
When the man reappeared, I introduced myself and voiced appreciation for how he used publications to introduce customers to the gospel. He sat down. Soon after emigrating from Germany to America, he told me, Christ captured his imagination and secured his devotion and commitment. Achieving position and financial strength became subordinate to honoring his newfound King.
The owner didn’t appear rushed, but attentive and thoughtful. If I weren’t yet a believer, I thought, his interest in me would draw me in and awaken interest in his literature. As he walked away, with friendly, cheerful demeanor, I thanked God for impacting many others through him.
—James Hilt in Wisconsin
My Response: How might God use my interactions with coworkers to attract them to Him?
Thought to Apply: [Christians must] regain a lost sense of work as a divine calling.—Emil Brunner (Swiss theologian)