Being a Christian isn’t about what we do on Sunday morning. It’s about how we do all of life.
That’s why the focus of our annual Men’s Retreat this fall is on the gospel and work. In preparation for the retreat, I’ve asked different men in the church to explain the work they do and how their faith in God changes the way they work. Andrew Campbell was kind to answer the following questions for us.
1) Where do you work? Give us an example of some of your responsibilities.
I own a small construction company, and I’m responsible to estimate and aquire jobs, oversee all jobs at some level, work on jobs in field, do what is required to comply with government regulations, and keep up working relationships.
2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Some of the highlights over the years have been practically serving others by improving their living conditions.
3) What’s the most spiritually difficult part of your job?
The most difficult part of my job is standing out as a Christian by my actions. There are many challenges including working for difficult customers and working with guys that don’t always have the same priorities and standards that I do.
4) How have you tried to proclaim or adorn the gospel at work?
There are plenty of ways that I can proclaim or adorn the gospel at work, the issue is making sure that it happens. Some ways I have tried is by challenging Christian guys that I work with to honor God with their lives and challenge their beliefs about God. I have had the chance to present the gospel to non Christians that we have worked with as well as hopefully stand out from others that they have worked with before. Also, working with many different people, we have had chances to pray with people, share the Gospel with people and be different than other contractors in the world around us. Working as a contractor, I feel standards are often low. Working with integrity that is visible often leads to questions about why the crew I work with is different, and I try to be prepared with an answer.
5) How can we pray for and support you in the work God has set before you?
Pray that we would trust God to provide just the right amount of work, that we would stand out as a light in the world, and that we would not be ashamed of the reason that we are different.
Thank you for your example, Andrew!