(All Scripture taken from the King James Version)
Psalm 119:46 “I will speak of Thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.”
Psalm 119:116 “Uphold me according to Thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.”
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
As a follower of Christ, I am called to not be ashamed of Him, His word, and His gospel. My Dad has experience both in Christian ministry and in business; in fact, he now owns his own company today. Following his season in fulltime ministry, he always viewed his job not just as a workplace, or a way to make money, but also as a mission field. He acknowledged that even in the business world he was given the opportunity to share the gospel with those that do not have a relationship with Christ. In fact, while growing up I remember that he even had a note in his vehicle that read, “Now entering the mission field.” He continues to view his daily work the same way to this day.
In Psalm 119:46 the Psalmist says that he will speak of God’s testimonies, not in private, not with his Bible study group, but before kings. And while doing so he will not be ashamed. In verse 116 he asks God to help him to not be ashamed of the hope that he has. And in Romans, Paul writes that he is “… not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.” Why should he be!? For the next phrase tells us that “… it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.”
A believer’s salvation in Christ and hope in Him and His testimonies should not be sources of shame. Whether in the court of a king or the office of a coworker, a meeting with a vendor or the conference room of a customer, we are not to be ashamed of Christ.
So if you are a true believer in and follower of Christ, I encourage you today to be a missionary in your environment, whether that is a business setting or someplace else. Speak Biblical truths in your workplace. Imitate Christ in your behaviors. And do not hide the truth of the gospel for the sake of being “professional.” Our hope is in Christ and His death, resurrection, and saving grace. May we never forget that, and may we never be ashamed of that.