Things Above

By: Theresee Irene Rosenthal

Colossians 3:1-2

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

When I started my previous job, my co-workers were three other women my age. Though they had been friends from childhood, they didn’t always treat one another in a loving manner, and one or another of them always seemed to feel hurt or left out.

Over time, one of these young women (I’ll call her “Alyssa,”) began opening up to me during our breaks. I knew I ought to pray with her, but was fearful of how she would respond. As the newcomer, I was worried that this might isolate me permanently from the group and make work miserable for me. While returning from lunch one day however, I found myself unable to keep silent any longer. Alyssa was already getting out of the car when I blurted out, “Hey…! Do you maybe want me to pray with you before we go back inside?” To my surprise, she eagerly agreed! I said a quick prayer and we returned to work.

As soon as we were back inside, Alyssa – a very outspoken individual – announced to the office that I had prayed with her and that she was going to start attending church again. She proceeded to inform the other girls that they should join her. One of them laughed, but another (whom I’ll call “Dana”) agreed and the three of us went together that Sunday.

From then on, the atmosphere in my office changed dramatically. Dana and Alyssa replaced the somewhat raunchy music they used to play at work with Christian rock. Rather than talking behind one another’s backs, they discussed their problems in person, often consulting me beforehand to make sure that what they planned on saying was in the right spirit. They even talked about having their children baptized.

When I invited them to a women’s prayer night, Dana agreed but Alyssa was extremely fearful of driving on the highway. I told her that the devil didn’t want her to go and that she needed to take authority over him in the name of Jesus. So after praying, we set out. As soon as we set out however, Alyssa’s car started rattling! Instead of giving in to fear, she ordered Satan to “quit messin’ with my car in the name of Jesus Christ! I am GOING to this meeting!” After that, the rattling stopped.

It’s often difficult to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things. The Lord has shown me that one small prayer can play a major role in bringing Christ to the workplace. I know that he will continue to work in the lives of these women.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Do I take every possible opportunity to share Christ with my coworkers or do I let fear hold me back? Am I actively seeking out these opportunities?