In seminary, we read a marvelous book by the Methodist missionary E. Stanley Jones about his evangelistic endeavors in India in the early 20th century called The Christ of the Indian Road. Despite his best efforts, Jones proved remarkably inept at making Methodists out of the people of India.
Finally, he abandoned his conventional Westernized missionary venture, and instead, to “place Jesus on the Indian road” in a simple, clear and direct way.
What if, Jones wondered, I don't have to bring Jesus to India – what if he is already here, standing beside others, walking with them through life's travails, and celebrating life's joys? E. Stanley Jones came to the amazing insight – maybe I just need to join Jesus who is already here and well at work.
Here is my question for each of us: what if you don't have to bring Jesus to your workplace; what if he is already there? If that is true – I wonder what he is up to; I wonder who he is reaching out to; I wonder what his vision of wholeness is.
May, by God's Spirit, we find him there already working, at the office before us and there after the lights have been flicked off. And may we be sensitive to the tug on our hearts, be it the tug to reach out to a co-worker in kindness, or the tug to approach our job with more freedom - it might just be the Christ of the Workplace asking us to join him.