February 13 2014 by
Bartley Wooten, pastor, Beulaville Baptist Church, Beulaville
Focal Passages: Genesis 1:28; 2:8-9, 15-17
Have you ever heard of the term “pre-evangelism?” It is the idea of tearing down barriers that may inhibit someone from trusting Christ. For example the use of apologetics could be seen as pre-evangelism. When a Christian breaks down an unbeliever’s arguments against the Bible it may open the door to share the gospel with that person.
With that in mind, I believe how Christian works can also be a form of pre-evangelism. Let me explain. When I was in seminary in Louisville, Ky., I worked at FedEx during the second shift. There were several other believers that worked with me, and one of them was fairly vocal about being a believer – and rightly so. However, it seemed every night that this young man would spend more time and energy trying to get out of work than he would actually be working. In fact there were numerous times when he should have been working but was caught hiding in a bathroom stall drinking a soda and eating a candy bar. I tell you this story because this young man genuinely wanted to tell the other guys about Jesus, but he had long disqualified himself by the way he worked.
Tragically this young man did not connect the privilege to work with God’s created order and the power to witness. In Genesis 1:28, God gave Adam and Eve the responsibility to subdue and have dominion over all the earth. Granted this task was much easier before they rebelled, but nevertheless, God instituted work as a part of being created in His image.
When a Christian has a poor work ethic, he detracts from that image and provides a poor reflection of God’s greatness. Therefore, contrary to public opinion, “work” is not a dirty, four-letter word. It is a wonderful gift given to us by our Creator to magnify and bring glory to Him. So if you are ever tempted to take the shortcut and skip out on work remember there is more at stake than just your paycheck. It could make an eternal difference.