You can be a “beautiful gate” at work


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Acts 3:10 (KJV): “And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.” (Read verses 1-11 for more context.)

COMMENTARY: When we think of “beauty,” we often think of visual beauty. However, beauty encompasses all of the aesthetic senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and feel.

In a world that’s full of ugliness, as a Christ-follower, you have a wonderful opportunity to be “a beautiful gate” at work. Not “The” Beautiful Gate, because that’s Jesus. As His ambassadors, we can be beautiful gates into His way of doing business and His Kingdom. Over time, the Lord can make you known as “The Company Christian,” which is a compliment and not an insult!

APPLICATION: There are two kinds of beauty: physical and spiritual. Here are some suggestions on how you can be a beautiful gate at work in both ways:

Beauty through overall cleanliness and order. A dirty, messy, disorganized, chaotic workspace and poor personal hygiene send unhelpful messages to others.

Beauty through visuals. What kind of content do you have on your screensaver, furniture, bulletin boards, equipment, signage and walls?

Beauty through sound. What can you do to make your workplace sounds more beautiful? Remember, quietness can be beautiful.

Beauty through smell and taste. Utilize air purifiers and filters to keep the air smelling “clean.” Offer free, prepackaged snacks to co-workers and guests.

Spiritual beauty. You can be a beautiful gate at work by exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit and through your work quality, work ethic and team-building skills.

Joyfully yours,


For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Acts 24:27 (KJV), read 4 Attributes of Paul’s Leadership as Witness (Acts 20-28) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.