Where does God belong? Does He only belong in church or the hospital waiting room when we are pleading with Him to save the life of someone we love? Is He just supposed to be available when we have a list of requests only He can fill?
I don’t know about you, but I’m rather tired of being told where God does or does not belong. And, I don’t want to be the kind of Christ follower who only calls on Him when I’m in need.
Many years ago, while working in an office, I started a lunch time bible study with a few co-workers. We were all independent insurance agents, working in the same agency, so our time was our own. What started out as about five of us became most of the office; about twelve in all. It was a nice group of people all enjoying the fellowship that came with studying about prayer together. It was great!
The day the manager of the office came to me to discuss our bible study gathering will forever be imbedded in my mind. I’d love to tell you he wanted to join our little group, but unfortunately, it was just the opposite. He wanted me to disband our bible study. He didn’t mind if we all got together to eat lunch in the office, but he didn’t like the idea of having a bible study. He didn’t feel God belonged in the workplace. I reminded him that I rented space from him and since we were all independent contractors, he did not have the authority to make us disband our study. He agreed I was correct and left. That should be the end of the story, but…
The manager began privately talking to some of the people attending my little bible study luncheon. Sadly, many caved and decided to leave the study. They were intimidated by the phrase “God does not belong in the workplace”. It saddened me then as it saddens me today.
I’ve had this sort of discussion with others over the years and always ask the same question. “If God does not belong in the work place, where does He belong?” You’d be surprised at the looks I get when I ask that question. It confuses them because they don’t know what to say. They just think God does not belong in certain places.
God belongs everywhere, period!
One of the things the office manager said to me is said by many these days. “We don’t want to offend anyone by bringing God in the office.”
Are you as tired as I am of being offended because my love of God is somehow offensive to others? @$%@$!&$* Sorry, that’s just me SCREAMING!
Why doesn’t God belong? What are we afraid of? Are we really afraid to offend or are we afraid to be labeled? “Oh she’s one of those Jesus freaks!”
Even when I was a young Christian I understood it was something to be proud of, not something to hide. Jesus freak is a label I’m happy to wear!
Am I a fully devoted follower of Christ?
I get it, I really do. No one wants anything they don’t believe in shoved at them all the time. I don’t want someone throwing another religion at me any more than I should be throwing the bible at anyone else. But that’s not what this is about. This is simply about God being taken out of so much and those who claim faith in Him being afraid to let the world know they love their Creator. If I call myself a fully devoted follower of Christ, then I should not be afraid to let people know how much He means to me. It then becomes their choice to socialize with me or not.
Just as I speak lovingly of my husband, children and friends, I should also be able to speak lovingly about my Savior without it becoming an issue.
So here are two simple questions:
If Jesus were to walk into your office, School, business or social gathering, would He feel welcome? Would He belong? If not, why not?
Do the people who know you, know you are a Christ follower? Do they know you have a personal relationship with Him? If not, why not?
Only you can answer those questions. I promise there’s no test. But, I want to encourage you. If your answers are no, but you do consider yourself a strong Christian, please ask God to give you the courage to show others your love for Him. Ask Him for holy boldness to show others how important He is in your life.
Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 1 Chronicles 16:8
He’s always with me
It’s very simple for me and I want it to be for you too. He’s always with us. He’s in our everything. Hey, God created everything, so why would He not be involved in everything?
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven,” Matthew 10:32
If this is an area of struggle and you’d like a little help and encouragement, please comment or email. We’re all in this together, let’s work it through together.
In His embrace,