Christ Alive! | Christian Testimonies, Stories and Reflections

The kingdom of God is breaking out right in our midst, in our workplaces. You won’t hear about it on the evening network news. You won’t read about it in your local newspaper. But you will hear about it from members of Christians in Commerce. Here are just a few of the stories from the front lines of the workplace.

Christians in Commerce members share their workplace stories, reflections and testimonies of being Christ in the Workplace. Select a category to display abstracts from our ChristAlive Archives.

In preparing this reflection, I was blessed to have just come from a Challenge Weekend. On the weekend I received renewed emphasis and focus for prayer time, as well as a stronger sense of purpose for how the Lord intended to use me. Almost first thing Monday morning — like many of you who have been on a weekend — I was given the opportunity.
We might say that we are unqualified and unworthy for this kind of work for Jesus. We’d all agree that we are ALL unqualified and unworthy, yet Jesus encourages wants us, in the words of Francis of Assisi, to “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” God sends his Holy Spirit to put the words in our mouths.
Pride is the major enemy of Christians. It acts as a block to the love Christ wants to share with others through us. That’s why anything that puffs us up is something we should take a close look at; even those things that are spiritual in nature. Our actions as Christians are to build others up at every turn so that our words are lived out in love.
What was going on? Emotions were running high. Confrontational language was being used. Two close friends and committed Christians were having difficulty expressing themselves or even understanding each other.
Accountability, encouragement for one another, challenge to follow through with our resolutions – these are important elements of CIC. Each week, our group discussions challenge us in a powerful way...
How much of our following Jesus is at a distance? Like Peter, we may profess our allegiance to Jesus that "Even if all fall away, I will not..." Yet, we keep our distance from Jesus, failing to keep our appointment with him each day in prayer or putting a higher priority on our comfort as Peter did when he sat with the guards and warmed himself by the fire. ,
I was near panic. I'm pretty good at speaking "off the cuff" but not for two one-hour keynotes! I got down on my knees in the hotel room and prayed, "Lord what do I do now?"
I have prayed for many things throughout the years. Some prayers seemingly went unanswered, for whatever reason. Other prayers took months or years before God answered. However, while praying over this important career decision, God spoke quickly and decisively to me.
On the way home from a recent CIC Challenge Weekend, I was speaking to another participant who was in the car with me. The word “forgiveness” came up. I could see that my friend (let’s call him Joe) was a little upset concerning that word. As it turned out, Joe had not been on speaking terms with his best friend “Bob” for several months.
Sorting through what to keep and what to sell or give away was a challenge for me... I realized God had great plans for me and that I needed to rid myself of my old stuff so I could be more available. “It’s all going”, I told myself, “All of it.”