Matt Klein sees opportunities to share the Gospel everywhere – especially at work, where he spends much of each day.
“I make it quite clear to everyone that I have faith in God,” said Matt, who is a program management director at work. “I don’t want to bulldoze over people, but I want to be very watchful to capitalize on every opportunity to share the gospel.”
Matt finds that each opportunity requires a custom approach. For example:
- Matt used a quote from author Mark Twain – “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why” – to prompt a co-worker raised in a Hindu home to ponder his purpose. When his work friend was stumped by the “why,” Matt turned to Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,” The friend will be given a Bible and he and his wife will visit Mariners soon.
- After many months of conversations about God with a co-worker raised in a Muslim home, the friend revealed discomfort with Halloween. Matt shared Ephesians 6:10-18, a scripture about putting on the “armor of God.” The passage was revelatory for his friend, and by the end of the conversation they had prayed the prayer of salvation together.
- When a work peer complained that Matt used the word “hope” too much – “hope is not a strategy” – Matt approached the human resources director for guidance. “I told her, ‘I base my whole life on hope, hope backed up by action and based on faith in God, to give me strength and direction. Her reply was affirmative. ‘Yes. He helps us.’”
- When another co-worker from a Hindu home revealed some challenges involving her family, Matt asked for permission to assist with prayer. “I said, ‘Can I pray for you.’ And she said that’s ‘totally OK.’”
“It’s hard for me to comprehend how God is answering my prayer to be a vessel for him,” Matt said. “It’s happening so much. It’s just amazing!”
He concedes that workplace evangelism isn’t easy, but that he draws strength, wisdom and inspiration from God and scripture. “I prayed that God would make me brave and unafraid about sharing. Referencing 1 Peter 3:15, “I don’t want to offend anyone but I want to be ready to share the reason for my hope.”
By Dan Page, Volunteer Storyteller