What Do You Do?

space “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”  (Colossians 4:5-6)

How do you answer that question?  Most of us have learned how to give the 30 second or less answer to that question, and in many ways, our answer says a lot about us.  I wonder how Jesus would have answered that question while He walked the earth.  I’m not sure He would have answered with, “I’m a carpenter.”  Perhaps He would have said, “I’m in the restoration business,” or “I build things.” The natural follow-up question would have been, “What kind of things do you build?”  The answer to that question would have been very interesting.  “I build furniture, but I’m also building My Father’s Kingdom,” or “I’m building an army.”  If he went with the restoration idea, someone might ask, “What do you restore?”  “I restore furniture, but my main focus is on restoring people.”  What do you mean,” they may ask.  “Well, do you have a few minutes? I would love to share more.”

Find a way to answer the common question, “What do you do?” with an answer that creates a natural curiosity to know more.  As you answer, try not to give the typical answer, but answer in a way that shines the light and points others to God.  We don’t have to be fanatical or piously spiritual, we simply need to seize opportunities as we go through life.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;  nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:14 – 16)

When we talk about God or mention our faith, we aren’t drawing attention to us, we are glorifying our Father, and that’s a good thing!  Don’t buy the lie that says, “If I mention God or my faith, they will be offended.”  Just the opposite is true.  They will be encouraged and it may be the very thing God uses to draw them into relationship with Him.

Take a few moments and consider how to creatively answer, “What do you do?”

Jeff Wilson

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