I want you to ask yourself a question. Is it OK for me to use my spiritual gifts in the work place? Think about it for four seconds before you continue.
If your work place is in the ministry the answer seems easy. You need them to work on a day-to-day basis. What about working in the secular marketplace? What if you offend someone? maybe it’s OK to use them if you do it in a covertly. Imagine, you are OO-Christian on a secret mission to bring the light of the gospel to those at work who are on a path straight into the pit of despair that is hell. It’s tough keeping a secret though when the secret is light.
Matthew 5:15 NASB does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house
By the way, the answer is yes. You are to use your spiritual gifts in the workplace. That means everyday. Let me ask you which of your gifts is not spiritual?
The answer is simply all your gifts are from God and are therefore spiritual. They can not be separated. Each new lesson you teach a child in your class is spiritual. Every time to show kindness to a patient is spiritual. Everyday you make leadership decisions that affect your employees is spiritual. Each new customer you greet with kindness is spiritual. Every honest minute you pour into your career is spiritual. There is no spiritual and professional. It’s all spiritual to God, and it needs to be the same to you.
I hope this post speaks to you. Being spiritual is not only about reading your Bible, praying and going to church. It is part of everything you do in life.
Since this is a blog and not a book I am going to stop here, but I will end on this note to avoid confusion. Spiritual growth and the holy refining of a “born again” Christian’s heart can be viewed as being different in nature. Let me give this biblical example. Saul, who became Paul, had highly developed God-given spiritual gifts. However, when he became a new creation in Christ, he spent several years developing as a Christian before he began his ministry.
Maybe one day I’ll write a best seller that will examine the issue in greater detail.