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Light Up Every Corner
Rev Gordon Siu
When a Christian forgets his identity as an ambassador for Christ – when he forgets that he has been sent to his corner of the community to testify for God – his life loses impact. When we get a new job or change to a new post, we should ask, "What does He want me to do here?"
A Christian journalist covering overseas news for Time Magazine has said in an interview with Christianity Today, "To a Christian journalist, journalism is the media with which to live out Christ in the community. It is his means to fulfil God’s will for the world." "Most colleagues know I am a Christian only because of my speech and deeds. They are things that non-Christians would not say or do."
"But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ's triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere" (2 Corinthians 2:14). In the workplace, we meet challenges from evil forces. We may be rejected, or even fired. But the light of Christ shines through us in every corner.
There is a brother, a salesman, who once told me that one of his major clients had asked for a commission before closing the deal with him. The brother's boss knew it was wrong, but in view of the gains, he hinted that the brother should proceed as requested. After some consideration, the brother gave up the deal on Christian grounds. I said to the brother that I considered the temptation had been an opportunity for him to testify for Christ in front of his boss.
In fact, our testimony will become living aroma leading people to Christ and to life. It will also be a smell of death which makes people speechless before the judgment seat because of what we do.
We have been sent by God. God is our "big boss." And testifying for Him and preaching the gospel are our 'main occupation.' Our trade and posting are only 'sidelines.' We should always be careful to "test and approve" the big boss' good will and be accountable to Him. It is just like what Christ said, "My food…is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work" (John 4:34).