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Billy HallowellSep 24, 2019 12:00:00 AM3 min read

Balancing a Christian Lifestyle in a Secular Work Environment

Faith in the workplace is an interesting topic that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. As Christians, we’re called to live out Godly leadership no matter where we are, which is why it’s essential to consider religion in the workplace and how we can be a true Christian at work.

Here are five tips to help you fully and appropriately live out your faith in the workplace:

Faith in the Workplace: Watch Your Words

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” - Colossians 4:6 (NIV)

Being a Christian at work, and in all areas of life, requires work and dedication. Godly leadership helps you affirm and live out your faith in the workplace. One key area is in our conversation. What comes out of our mouths truly matters, and watching what we say and how we speak to people is an essential way to live out our witness.

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The mouth can be a window into the soul, so as you consider religion in the workplace keep in mind what’s coming out of your mouth, your tone and how you treat others.

Godly Leadership: Actions Speak Loudest

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” - James 1:22 (NIV)

Living like a Christian at work doesn’t just require kind words; it also calls us to live in accordance with those words. What you say can only take you so far, as your actions — your willingness to live out your faith in the workplace — is absolutely essential. Match your actions with your words.

Religion in the Workplace: Sharing Your Faith

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” - Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)

Jesus commands us to share our faith. In the workplace, look for appropriate times to share the love of God. Christ tells us to love God and love others, so we can live out our faith in the workplace, in part, in how we treat those around us. But religion in the workplace and godly leadership can also manifest themselves in lunchtime conversation about eternal subjects.

Christians at Work: Going Above and Beyond

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” - Proverbs 14:23 (NIV)

As you navigate being a Christian at work, consider not only how you treat and speak to others, but also your willingness to go above and beyond. Part of Godly leadership is always being willing to help someone out and be a kind listening ear. This is another way you can seek to live out your faith in the workplace.

Working Faithfully: Working for Christ in All You Do

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” - Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

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One important detail to remember is that we are called to work and live for God no matter where we are. So, you’re called to be a Christian at work, a Christian at home, a Christian with friends and in any other venue. 

Keeping Colossians 3:23-24 in mind is a helpful way to infuse you with God-given energy in the workplace. People will see this devotion and it can serve as a powerful testament to your decision to authentically live out your faith.

We hope these tips help you effectively live as a Christian at work. Navigating Godly leadership and faith in the workplace isn’t easy. But you can be effective in dealing with religion in the workplace if you come from an authentic place and seek God daily.

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Billy Hallowell

Billy Hallowell has been working in journalism and media for more than a decade. His writings have appeared in Deseret News, TheBlaze, Human Events, Mediaite and on, among other outlets. Hallowell has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York and an M.S. in social research from Hunter College in Manhattan, New York.