Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Dear Colleagues,


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To be sure, it can be a daunting challenge:

Do I confront them head on with the Gospel?

Do I invite them to church?

Do I give them a booklet explaining the Gospel?

Do I go slowly, attempting to build a relationship with them?

If we believe with Paul that the greatest thing in the world is love (I Cor. 13:13) why don’t we make loving them our primary emphasis in winning them to Christ?

Evelyn Underhill has stated that “love is…that tender, cherishing attitude; that unlimited self-forgetfulness, generosity, and kindness which is the attitude of God to all his creatures.”1

Our colleagues want to see authentic Christianity in action before they will even think about buying in with us. In practical terms what does that look like in the marketplace? Perhaps a personal evaluation would help: 2

Are you willing to do small things, even when no one is watching?

Do you look out for opportunities to show kindness to people who are usually ignored, shunned, or overlooked?

Do you rejoice with the success of your colleagues and peers?

Do you resist the temptation to draw attention to yourself?

Do you treat everyone with respect and courtesy?

Do you actively choose not to provoke other people?

Do you consciously choose to frame things in a positive manner, giving your colleagues the benefit of the doubt (while not being blind to their foibles)?

Do you restrain yourself from inflating other people’s faults or exposing their weaknesses in order to tear them down?

How true and relevant is Jesus’ command to us:

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).

This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

1Underhill, The Fruits of the Spirit p. 14 – 2 Adapted from “ Taking Your Soul to Work”– R. Paul Stevens & Alvin Ung –Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids MI, p. 83

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