Most full time jobs, have you working a minimum of 2,080 hours per year. Well, if you you’re your two-week vacation, then you will work 2,000 hours per year. If you go to school, you are probably spending close to this number in classes and homework. Which means that close to 40-50% of your life is at work or school. This means your job (or school) is a place where you spend a significant amount of time. The people there see you as much as you see your family or friends. Therefore, it becomes a great place to have a positive influence. It is a place where you can build great relationships and be in a position to share the gospel.
While many businesses and schools do not like people going around sharing the gospel, you can be known as a person of faith, as long as your actions match your words. In Ephesians 4:29-32 we are told, “do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (NIV) Your ability to have a positive influence will depend on your ability to be positive, optimistic, compassionate and forgiving. If you can be known as this kind of person, you are guaranteed an opportunity to share your testimony, life and love for Jesus.