Christians are often more focused on work and hob- bies than on building relationships. Often we keep our work relationships separate from our personal
activities and our spiritual life. But that separation is nowhere to be found in the Scriptures!
The Bible teaches us to make friends and build relationships, spreading our influence
for the Lord. Every one of us has
spiritual influence at home and at
work. Christians are to share their
faith, although obviously not on
our employer’s time.
Often we struggle to share our
faith in an ongoing relationship. We’d prefer to simply invite someone to church or an evangelistic outreach event.
But consider the results. Imagine a successful evangelist who holds a major stadium event every weekend,
where each time about 1,000 people come to accept the
Lord as their Saviour. Wouldn’t we admire how powerfully the Lord was moving? If that continued for 20 years,
almost 1 million people would come to Christ!
Now let’s remember that Christ has called each of us
to “make disciples,” not just simply make decisions. And
so compare that scenario with this one. Suppose just one
group of 25 believers decided to support each other so that
each of them could make one disciple a year and teach
those disciples to make one disciple a year.
By making a disciple I mean walking a person through
the decision for salvation (if they haven’t already trusted
Christ personally) and coming alongside them for the year,
mentoring and teaching them how to walk with the Lord
in an intimate relationship.
The multiplication is almost unbelievable: after 20
years these 25 would become more than 26 million!
Even if some would possibly fall away, after only 25
years we would have reached all of North America. Just
imagine what could happen if, instead of one group of 25,
there were 100 groups with that vision! All it takes is for
each of us to heed Christ’s command.
So how do we do develop our influence for Christ, preparing to disciple whoever God places before us? First, we
must personally trust the Lord and accept the mission He
influence for christ
Can we be more evangelical in the
gave us. “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself
through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not
counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed
to us the message of reconciliation” ( 2 Corinthians 5: 18–19).
If we do, all our life choices will reflect this decision.
Anyone joining the military or a sports team is expected
to be totally committed to their mission. So should Christians. It’s sad to say, but often people in cults are more
dedicated to error than Christians are to Christ.
Second, we need to be equipped with the correct message. Christ never told us to convince others of a particular
political position or the exclusive rightness of a particular
denomination. Instead we must allow the Holy Spirit to
direct our disciples into whatever
truth from the Scriptures they are
ready to accept. It is the internal
draw of the Holy Spirit, not external
pressure from us, which changes individuals.
Third, we should walk humbly before God. In our culture we are taught to promote
ourselves and climb the ladder to the top. But the servant
leadership of Jesus is not about being first, but rather last.
Finally, we should be intentional about disciple making. It’s all about relationships, at work and at home. Since,
as the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, we need something like a weekly accountability
group to keep us on track.
At Christian Business Ministries Canada, the ministry
I work for, we use tools such as our 10 Most Wanted Card
– a card with space to list the names of people we pray for
daily to accept Christ.
As a team we initiate events at which we, or a guest, can
share our faith. Perhaps it’s a breakfast or lunch to hear a
special speaker. Or it’s a golf outing or fishing trip. The event
must always appeal to the ones for whom we’re praying.
Once our friend develops an interest, we engage him
in a discipleship program called Operation Timothy
( www.operationtimothy.com), a systematic spiritual
Because making disciples can be challenging and time
consuming, we must stay focused and remain intentional.
CBMC would be glad to come alongside anyone serious
about becoming the person God designed us to be. We’re
here to help! FT
JOE MacDONalD of Whitby, ont., is president and CEo
of Christian Business Ministries Canada. find more of
these columns at www.theEfC.ca/BusinessMatters.
BusinessMatters n BY JoE MACDoNALD
Christ never told us
to convince others of a
particular political position.