But that is not the rest of the story . . .
My wife is a VP at a Credit Union. She has a few people in her department that do not celebrate Christmas. She has taken special measures to be honest, but not offend the people she works with. She created a holiday get together, but wanted to honor those who don’t believe like she does. I applaud her desire to openly live out her faith at the same time to be sensitive to how God is working in the lives of others.
It is tough in the world today. If we offend someone of different beliefs, we have done an injustice to God. I am not saying we should walk on eggshells about our beliefs, but understanding what others believe is important.
In your business, you may have a Christmas party for vendor or customers. That is a great tradition in many businesses. I don’t have any problem telling them to openly share their faith. As individuals, we should always be sharing our faith in words, deeds and action.
The question comes about when you want to present the gospel to the whole group. When you want to do a presentation for everyone, you must pray about it. As a business owner, there will be some people who don’t believe like you do. Yes, we want to tell them, but how much more powerful is it when we tell them as individuals?
If you want to share with the whole group, do so with wisdom. You may let everyone know on the invitation that you will be sharing about why you think Christmas is so important. If you are going to do a presentation, let them know about it. Let God prepare them to receive a message.
You may even want to read the story from the Bible and let God’s word connect to people deeply.
Whatever you do, make sure you cover it in prayer. I know some people would say you don’t have to pray about sharing your faith. That is true. Yet, as a business owner, you represent Christ in the marketplace. You want to be wise about how you present God to individuals.
Depending on your business culture and audience, the Christmas party may not be the place to share that message to the crowds, but may be the perfect place to talk to individuals about who you believe in and why!
If you choose to share Christ to a group at Christmas, check out what this business owner did at his company Christmas party. (Just click on the sentence to go to the article.)