But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
—1 Peter 3:15 NIV 

Paul was a tentmaker. Luke was a physician. Peter and Andrew were fishermen. In fact, if you consider the lives of the twelve disciples, you’ll soon see that they were all working in the market- place. It’s our tendency to think of those “making a difference in the kingdom” as only those in full time “ministry.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

When I was a teenager, I always thought that the people who did the really great things for God were the ones who had a title of pastor, missionary, or evangelist. But as I found myself smack dab in the middle of corporate America, I realized my greatest mission field at that moment wasn’t on foreign soil, but it was right there in the office. When I began to see people in our office coming to faith in Christ, that’s when I really began to see how uncomplicated the Great Commission was. I found that being true to myself was the most natural thing; being prepared to answer, with gentleness and respect, those who asked me the reason for the hope I have. When people ask questions of substance, it’s enough to just be honest, rather than being politically correct and dancing around the faith questions someone is asking.

In your marketplace, you can minister to others and see them saved, set free, and healed. The question you must ask yourself is, “Am I willing?” Are you willing to minister courageously in your employment? Are you willing to treat your workplace like a mission field?

Make Your Mark
Write down three actions that you can take to minister in your job. Pray over those things and consider who God has called you to encourage. Then be bold and reach out with gentleness and respect. Take a step or two to demonstrate the love of Christ to those in your workplace.