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From the Summer 2007 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

Impacting the Workplace for Christ

by Chris T. Morris
Executive Director, Alpha USA

 
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  We joined a church when my family moved to Virginia, and my wife and children accepted Christ and were baptized. I joined the C.S. Lewis Institute’s Fellows Program and was blessed by the depth of the instruction on both Christian doctrine and spiritual disciplines. The small group, mentoring, and fellowship ignited my passion to know the Lord in a real and personal way. My activities at my church, combined with the Fellows Program, broadened my faith from a Sunday-only activity to a seven-days-a-week walk with the Lord. I began to live all aspects of my life according to a Christian worldview. I sought to live a life consistent with my faith that would impact not only my family, but also my workplace and local community. But I was still looking to see where God would reveal Himself—where He would call me to serve Him according to His plan.

Answering a Calling for Christ

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. (Colossians 3:23)
  It used to be that I defined myself by my job. I lived and died by how well I was performing and if I was getting recognized for my accomplishments. I was placed in my role based on my natural talents, and my objectives were the same temporal objectives as my company: shareholder value creation, satisfied customers, efficient processes, and contented employees. But as I matured in my faith, my role changed. God began to put me in situations where I increasingly had to use my spiritual gifts. I soon found myself working with more focus and enthusiasm. There was a clarity I hadn’t had before. And interesting experiences began to occur one after the other. God has gifted me with leadership, administration, and teaching. He has placed me at my job to shape and mold me—to show me the gifts He has given me and how to use them. What better place could there be to use leadership and administration than in a strategy and planning role at work? I have been called to be a living example of God’s truth, mercy, and justice. It is no coincidence that as I began to live out this calling, I gained the ability to put my faith into words in a unique and personal way.

Truth

I am the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6)
  God has instilled in me a passion for the truth—for what’s right instead of what’s wrong. One of the core beliefs I hold is the reality of an absolute standard for morality and justice. While secular society relies upon feelings and reason to determine right and wrong, I believe in the absolute truth of God’s word. I am called to be the light of the world by applying God’s truth to the issues and situations I find myself in at work each day. I am willing to stand alone, if necessary, on the side of truth.
  Looking back over my career, I have always had a passion for making the business case for various opportunities. Typically, making the business case involved providing a rationale for an investment decision. I found that the more that was at stake, the more I enjoyed doing the analysis. I believe that God was honing this ability so that I could make the ultimate business case—the case for Christ. And there are no higher stakes than a life spent with an eternal reward versus a life spent with eternal punishment.

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