I recall the time I spent in the secular workplace. It didn’t take long for non-believers to realise I was different. I didn’t participate in their dirty jokes, their foul language, criticism of management or life for that matter!
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.-Acts 16:25-26.
Neither did I judge any of them for their behaviour, because they were merely acting the way they should act, as those who do not have Christ in their lives.
They were all precious, but they were as prisoners awaiting their salvation and I believed God placed me there that I might be His instrument to lead them to my Saviour. I’ve had the privilege to pray, to encourage and above all, lead many to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Even though much more did not receive the LORD, my life bore a powerful testimony of His Love.
I would often be known as the “priest” or “pastor.” It wasn’t because I would stand on the cafeteria tables during lunch and “preach!” It just happened naturally. When foul language was the “lingua franca” an apology was always rendered to me, not because I was “special” but because of who I carried on the inside of me.
The Christ in me naturally made me stand out. Jesus called us to be the “salt and light” of any life situation.
The spirit of the secular workplace is contrary to the Kingdom of God, so children of light will always shine the brightest in any situation.
When Paul and Silas were in prison, their witness to all those who were spiritually imprisoned was remarkable. Their lifestyle of Worship and Prayer in the midst of awful conditions stood out in stiff contrast to their circumstances.
They didn’t pray and sing to sound “religious” or to “impress” the cell mates. No! They simply did what was natural to them. Yet still “the other prisoners were watching and listening.”
No matter where you are, others are watching you – to determine if your faith is real or if you’re an imposter or a fake.
The world is looking to discredit our faith. Nobody knows better how a Christian should behave than a non-Christian.
You are a witness always whether you choose to be or not.
“The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?'” (Acts 16:29-30).
When you begin to reflect the Love and Power of Christ in your life you won’t have to have an evangelism programme to win others to the Kingdom. It will be a fruit of your life. The “fish” will come to the shore where you are standing.
Beware how you conduct your life today.
Because the prisoners are watching and listening…
Do they see the Christ, the Son of the Living God in you?