It is an interesting thing to be a Christian who is a lawyer. It’s even harder when people’s first comment when they meet you is “all lawyers are liars”. This is an obvious cliché’ with no truth but good luck trying to remove it from people’s lips.
What then does this mean for Christian lawyers who value their faith and are part of this tainted profession? Is it easier to join them since you cannot beat the larger group or choose to stand out and make the common man’s word change?
The truth of the matter is, it is very easy to be caught up in the same old practices that have given our profession a bad name. It’s been done for so long that it actually looks like the basic norm. How can a Christian lawyer live faithfully and stand out in our profession? Today I will share how a Christian lawyer can remain untainted by the “norm” of the legal field. Here goes:
1.THE MARKET PLACE, YOUR MINISTRY.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men. You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven”
If all Christians were to remain in church all the days of their lives, who would ever take the gospel to the world? God in His wisdom, knew that we cannot all be pastors, praise and worship leaders, choir members and all that. Of the outside world He said “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:2).He therefore thought of ways to reach out to all people and one was the marketplace.
In our various market places, the hospital, courtroom, kitchen, school, road, grocery shop and so much more we find our church where we become it’s minister. In order for Jesus to reach and rescue the world he had to penetrate it, he didn’t box himself inside the four walls of the synagogue.
When we understand this, we immediately know we are accountable to God for our market place as ministers of the Word of God through our lives, actions, business practices and how we handle our office.
How can we be ministers in the legal profession?
Radiate Christ’s love,Don’t refuse to shine and Spread Christ’s influence.
For more: http://www.lifeway.com/Article/sermon-mission-marketplace-city-hill-salt-light-matthew-5
2.WHO DO YOU ANSWER TO IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION?
If I was to ask fellow learned counsels who they answer to in the legal profession, I would get varied answers as they would range from the law society of Kenya, to myself if one owns a law firm, to a company where employed and maybe a few more interesting ones.
Well, as for the Christians in our profession, the answers above are a no no! Ever considered this words:
“…Whoever does not TAKE UP THEIR CROSS and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:38-39).
How many of us love to bring out the Christianity card when it is convenient? Many people do not want to look too Godly before their peers, some of which are their seniors and even seek their approval.Most of the rimes we do care more of what our peers would think of us rather than what God requires of us.
But what does Jesus tell us in the verse above? We must take up our cross every day and follow Him. This is in spite of what others would say or think of us. The rich young ruler was not ready to lose it all and must have thought of being called foolish for his decision amongst his peers and so walked away from Jesus sad(Matthew 19:16–23) .Taking up our cross every day is tough and yet this is what is required of us every single day.
Take a simple example of using office resources for your own personal benefit, how about giving that Kshs.500 to the prison guard so as to see your convict client, what of eating client’s money when you are not supposed to? What of treating you’re paying clients much better than your pro bono one’s? The list is endless. Yet this examples are an everyday normal.
Taking up our cross each day is not pleasant and most often than not will cost us dearly. We will truly look foolish before our peers but our solid witness for Jesus Christ will be respected by many even if not acknowledged. It is people’s true witness of Jesus Christ that led others to salvation and not their double lives.
If we then love our lives as legal practitioners more than we do our Lord Jesus Christ, we will lose it eventually. Our love for Jesus Christ and His way in our profession must reign supreme.
It is simple, WE ANSWER TO JESUS CHRIST in all our waking moments as Christian lawyers. Our everyday should be characterized by us asking the Lord’s will for our day as lawyers and not asking Him to fit in our busy schedule. It is all about Him in our work every day. All about Him and what He requires of us.
3.THE PURPOSEFUL WALK OF A CHRISTIAN LAWYER
Understanding therefore we have been called to be ministers in the legal profession and answer to Jesus Christ every single day, we then have to set our minds and purpose to live for Him every single day of our lives.
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Daniel 1:8)
The thing about being purposeful is knowing you can choose not to but instead choose to do that thing. Daniel had a choice but purposed out of his own free will not to eat the meat.
Are we purposeful in our everyday walk with Jesus Christ as Christian lawyers? Do we purpose to please Him in each and every moment, being conscious that how we live our lives affects our witness for Him to everyone around us?
I thank God we don’t have to use our strength in all this for it is written “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel (Christian lawyers) saying, not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)
When we do so, the common man will have a new cliché’ to spread about the legal profession, “There are some lawyers with a difference and they are the Christian lawyers”.
Point to ponder
If today someone was to ask about your reputation at your work place would they acknowledge you are the light of that office and that many people admire your stand and true witness of Jesus Christ at the market place? Or would they laugh at the comical nature of such a statement in light of your character?
Seeking fellow Christians?
For all Christian lawyers seeking to have a fellowship with fellow Christians lawyers in the profession and don’t know where to begin, why not start here the Kenya Christian Lawyers Fellowship. KCLF brings together all born again lawyers in Kenya for fellowship and ministry.