Since I first tasted Chick-fil-A twenty years ago at a mall in Enid, Oklahoma, I have loved it. But, I never really expected to be working for them. I never thought I would go from being a full-time minister of 8 years to being a bi-vocational pastor who works at Chick-fil-A. It was quite the switch. I have been serving as a bi-vocational pastor for a little over a year now, and to be quite honest, I am still trying to learn the ropes. Even though I’m still figuring all of this out, my approach to working at Chick-fil-A has been very simple: I serve chicken to people to the glory of God, and I view chicken as a means to making much of Jesus.
Work Is Worship
First of all, every day when I go to work, I go with the mindset that this is worship. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Serving chicken sandwiches to people is more than merely serving chicken sandwiches. It is an act of worshipping God. Brewing coffee and handing out drive-thru orders are as much an act of worship as singing songs of praise to God on Sunday morning. “Whatever you do, do it to the glory of God.” That pretty much encompasses everything, including working at Chick-fil-A.Serving chicken sandwiches to people is more than merely serving chicken sandwiches. It is an act of worshipping God.Click To Tweet
Secondly, the way that I treat people and perform even the most routine tasks is an opportunity to honor God and cause others to honor God. Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). In the way that I work and interact with others, I have the goal of honoring Christ in my conduct so that others will honor him as well.
This Is a Mission Field
Finally, I serve people who do not know Jesus as their savior. I am there to earn a living, but more importantly, I am there to point people to Christ. Christ has sent me as a missionary to Chick-fil-A to make disciples.
I am always looking for opportunities to share the gospel with people. I have shared the gospel with coworkers while cooking waffle fries and washing dishes. Additionally, I have built relationships with coworkers which have led to gospel conversations outside of work. If they do not hear the gospel and believe it, they will be doomed.
God has placed me at this restaurant for such a time as this to glorify God and to point people to Jesus. Therefore, I must seize any opportunity that arises to share the gospel and pray continually for coworkers and guests to come to know Christ as savior. God has placed you wherever you work for such a time as this to make Christ known. Do not remain silent.
How then can we glorify God and make much of Christ through our work each day?
Fix Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Every day, you must readjust your gaze on Christ. Preach the gospel to yourself daily. As you do, you will be more and more primed and ready to go, glorifying God even in the most ordinary tasks. As you remind yourself of Jesus’s perfect life, death, and resurrection, you will be more prepared to share it with others throughout your day. The gospel is the gasoline on the fires of worship; it is the fuel of missions. Look to Jesus continually.
Serving as a bi-vocational pastor is tough. I have great respect for pastors who work a full-time job and pastor. If I have learned anything it’s this: Jesus is worth it. Despite hardship and tiredness, it is a great joy to serve him through Chick-fil-A and be a pastor. When it’s all said and done, I can most certainly say, “It’s my pleasure.”
You can see Philip’s Chick-fil-A featured in this recent viral video as they perform “Happy Birthday” in sign language for a coworker who is deaf.