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Thank God for Taxi Drivers

In the never-ending struggle for truth, justice, and Kingdom-thinking, I am constantly on the lookout for God’s heroes in the workplace. These men and women understand that their work matters to God and see themselves as a Kingdom outpost of God’s grace everyday of the week. They are not just serious about their faith on Sunday, but Monday through Saturday as well. My search this time led me to a cab driver.

In a recent weekly email devotion from my friend Patrick Lafferty, he told the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, who was following in his father’s footsteps. His father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is a founder of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. After the son was arrested by the Israelis, however, he agreed to work for the Shin Bet Israeli security service. But something extraordinary happened to Mosab Yousef in the course of an ordinary day in an ordinary place. He met a British cab driver.

Unbeknownst to Yousef, when he stepped into the cab, he stepped onto holy ground. You see, the taxi driver was an agent of the Kingdom of God. He gave Yousef a copy of the New Testament and invited him to a small group Bible study. Reading Jesus’ story for the first time, Yousef was “drawn to the grace, love, and humility that Jesus talked about” and in time, embraced Christ as his savior.

You can read more about Yousef’s amazing story in a Wall Street Journal Online posting. But while this sensational conversion tempts us to focus on the terrorist-turned-follower of Jesus, the real story is about an unnamed taxi driver who took his faith to work and walked through an open door with the gospel. It’s a pretty sure bet he wasn’t pushy or aggressive with the “son of Hamas.” I imagine he started a casual conversation like cab drivers do, and because he was spiritually alert, he saw an opportunity to talk about Jesus and he took it.

Your workplace is holy ground as well. There might be people there who Christ is drawing to himself. And you might just be one link in the chain of people who help them come to Christ. That is, if you are spiritually alert.

For more information about how you can take your faith to work click here.

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Everyone’s Responsible for Spiritual Influence

In this blog I’ll address the fourth Big Idea that can change the way we do church.

Big Idea Four: Being a person of spiritual influence is every Christian’s calling, not just the responsibility of a gifted few. The greatest communication success story in human history is how the gospel message spread across the Mediterranean world. Followers of Jesus grew from a few hundred on the day of Pentecost to more than six million people by the end of the second century. That’s an amazing number, considering the only media were word-of-mouth encounters and hand-written letters.

The evangelists of the first century were the nameless thousands of men and women who followed Jesus without fanfare or notoriety. Even the Apostles were quite ordinary men. Before they were biblical heroes, they were someone’s neighbor just trying to make a living. They were street-level men with a noble mission that moved them beyond their fears and beyond themselves. Yet while their efforts were important, more important was the attitude of ordinary Christians, who recognized that sharing the message of Jesus was everyone’s mission. The gospel spread like wildfire from house to house (the workplace of the day) as men and women personally gossiped the gospel to friends, relatives, acquaintances, colleagues, masters, slaves, students, teachers, customers, shop owners, and fellow soldiers in their everyday networks.

Because ordinary men and women lived out and then shared the gospel with their colleagues, customers, and clients in their workplace, the early church grew as it did. If men and women in the workplace today seize the spiritual opportunities they have and work together to have an impact for Jesus, who knows what extraordinary things God will do with the ordinary workplace moments they give to Him.

These four Big Ideas are discussed in detail in Going Public with Your Faith. To order a copy click here.

4 Comments »

  1. Hi Bill, you recently picked up on a blog post I made about workplace witness. Thank you for connecting. Over the past few years I’ve been trying to develop principles and ideas that make evangelism more achievable for the non-evangelist, much of which connects with the principles in your book.
    Here in the UK, the workplace is often undervalued and misunderstood when it comes to reaching and influencing people for the kingdom. Thank you for your insights and the help they are in developing the process of change that needs to happen if we are going to make the most of the larger part of most people’s waking hours.

    Comment by Richard — February 11, 2008 @ 3:09 am

  2. Richard, I didn’t realize you were from the UK. I’m sure you are aware of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and Mark Greene. I met with them last year when I was in London. Also, you may want to connect with the Christian Medical Fellowship (http://www.cmf.org.uk/). Kevin Vaughan there teaches a course for medical professionals entitled The Saline Solution which I co-authored and formed the basis of Going Public. Kevin is very “keen” on these ideas and a good friend.Comment by Bill Peel — February 11, 2008 @ 8:28 pm
  3. BillWonderful piece. I used it to springboard to a piece called “What’s my excuse” found over at
    http://redletterbelievers.blogspot.com/2008/04/whats-my-excuse.html

    It’s amazing that God used such ordinary people to spread the first century message. I wonder what is holding us back from a similiar success today?

    Thanks for your heart and your ministry

    David

    Comment by David Rupert — April 2, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

  4. “ordinary Christians… recognized that sharing the message of Jesus was everyone’s mission.” In my job I study what makes word of mouth campaigns effective. People have to believe in the message. Really believe it. Enough that they can’t help but talk about it.Sometimes I wonder how many of us Christians really believe this stuff in our guts. And I’m including myself in that.Comment by Mark Goodyear — April 3, 2008 @ 9:29 am

Discover What God is Doing Before You Open Your Mouth

In this blog I’ll address the third Big Idea that can change the way we do church.

Big Idea Three: Our job in evangelism is to discover where God is already at work in people’s lives and join him there. This means that being a person of spiritual influence can begin with something as easy as having a cup of coffee with a colleague, listening compassionately when a customer shares why she’s had a hard week, or doing something above the call of duty for a boss or employee who’s under the pile. We don’t need to be the office pariahs, poised to attack unsuspecting souls at the water cooler with Gospel tracts. Instead, small actions and simple acts of service in the course of everyday life have a bigger impact than the “spiritual interruptions” that we often attempt out of guilt.

These four Big Ideas are discussed in detail in Going Public with Your Faith. To order a copy click here.

Four Big Ideas That Can Change the Way We Do Church

My proposition is simple: when we forget the importance of the workplace in God’s plans, the cause of Christ suffers. We believe that this is both biblically and historically true. However, all over the world men and women are beginning to understand how tactically significant the workplace is to God’s Kingdom plans. When the church calls its people to focus inward (on the church organization), it shrinks. On the other hand, when the church launches people into the world and honors their calling to the workplace, the church grows. We think that it’s time for men and women in the workplace to fulfill their destiny as the leaders that God called them to be.

That’s why Walt Larimore and I wrote Going Public with Your Faith. In this ground breaking book, we propose four radical ideas that could change the way people think about work and evangelism.

Big Idea One: The workplace is the most strategic place of Kingdom influence for most Christians.

Big Idea Two: Evangelism is a process, not an event.

Big Idea Three: Our job in evangelism is to discover where God is already at work in people’s lives and join him there.

Big Idea Four: Being a person of spiritual influence is every Christian’s calling, not just the responsibility of a gifted few.

In the next few blogs I’ll speak to each idea breifly.

These four Big Ideas are discussed in detail in Going Public with Your Faith. To order a copy click here.

5 Comments »

  1. Amen! I look forward to this series, and may have to add this book to my reading list. Thanks!Dan King
    http://managementbyGod.com

    Comment by Dan King — January 4, 2008 @ 11:08 am

  2. Dan, I think you’ll like Going Public unless you are a gifted evangelist–they sometime balk at these concepts. God has gifted some people to get right to the specifics of the message (about 12% of the church according to Barna have the gift of evangelism). That leaves the rest of us to figure out how we are to share our faith. Fortunately the Bible is not silent. John 4:35-38, Matthew 13 and other passages all teach that evangelism is s process. Going Public is not just about being biblical, it’s also about what’s appropriate in a given situation, specifically the workplace. And here is the big principle here: If we want people to pay attention to our faith, we first better pay attention to our work.Comment by Bill Peel — January 4, 2008 @ 12:30 pm
  3. I agree with Dan. This is a great book, and it will be good to have this promo. I was looking at the video curriculum and I wondered if you had posted any preview clips on YouTube. That might be a good thing for bloggers to embed…Comment by Mark Goodyear — January 8, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
  4. Great thoughts Bill. Thanks.Comment by Daniel D — January 10, 2008 @ 4:59 pm
  5. I just wanted to point out again that I appreciate you doing this series! It has been good to follow!I also wanted to let you know that I have selected you to get the Thinking Blogger Award.
    Thanks! Keep up the great work!
    Dan

    Comment by Dan King — February 5, 2008 @ 2:45 pm