Undercover Christian

Undercover Boss, a program on cable TV, is predicated on a CEO hiding his/her identity in order to observe everyday operations in the business. Employees don’t know their new colleague is a “plant” and that they are under surveillance. Eventually, the CEO is revealed and all employees learn the truth. At times, Christians can go undercover too. Some are stealth in their faith and no one knows they are believers. On the other hand, some believers acknowledge their faith but hide flaws and refuse transparency. These “perfect” believers often portray a “plastic” image. What’s more, others work in isolation. They cut themselves off from non-believers risking a holier-than-thou image. Shouldn’t believers live their faith openly without compromising?

Jesus instructs us not to hide our faith but to make it known to others. He said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (NIV).

Daniel is a biblical example of a man who lived openly in his workplace while maintaining spiritual integrity. He was part of a group of fortune-tellers but the spiritual principles that he followed were much different than the principles the others followed. When it came to prayer and the One he prayed to, Daniel drew a line and didn’t compromise. Daniel’s abilities originated with God and it was obvious to everyone that God was with him.

Being transparent and acknowledging our dependence on God is paramount for the Christian at work. Transparency gives us influence. What’s more, God will use our testimony in both the good and bad times to point others to Himself. Those around us will wonder if there is a connection.

Your workplace challenge is not to be undercover and hide the fact you are a follower of Christ. Nor, should you pretend to be someone you aren’t. Instead, be real, transparent and quick to acknowledge your complete dependence on God. Let your light shine brightly and allow God to use you mightily for His Glory!