Spiritual growth happens most through our interactions with others. Since you spend more of your waking hours with the people at your workplace, then your workplace is a place for spiritual growth.
God works in you to want to do what pleases Him (Philippians 2:13). And Scripture tells you to work out your salvation (Philippians 2:12). That means you literally need to work out of you what God has put in you. That makes the workplace a great place to test out what God is doing in you.
Here are three ways you can use your workplace as a place for spiritual growth.
1. Forgive when wronged (Matthew 18:21-22)
I’ve noticed that usually where there is contact between people, there is conflict between people. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can choose to forgive the people at your workplace.
I’m not saying that the people you work with have to repent to you for what they do. Remember Jesus asked the Father to forgive those who crucified Him—even though they didn’t repent—because they didn’t know what they were doing (Luke 23:34). You can do the same thing. You can choose to forgive. Even if they don’t repent.
2. Control your tongue (James 1:26)
It seems that people usually say what they think without evaluating it first. But if doesn’t have to be that way. You can consider what you say before you say it. You can control your tongue at your workplace.
I’m not saying that you have to put duct tape over your mouth. But you can think about what you’re thinking about, so that you don’t say what you don’t want to say.
3. Be fruitful (Galatians 5:22-23)
The workplace can be a dog-eat-dog world, where people envy each other, strive with each other, and hate each other. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can demonstrate the hope you have within you at your workplace (1 Peter 3:15).
Paul said that those who live in the Spirit should also walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). The fruit of the Spirit is God’s nature. And if you have the Spirit in you, then the fruit of the Spirit is your nature too. You too can manifest love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
The workplace is God’s place too. God wants what you learn on Sunday to be demonstrated in your life the rest of the week. You can live out at the workplace what you learn in Scripture. Because the workplace is a proving ground for spiritual growth.
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