Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Something to Talk About
Ever met someone who is just absolutely amazing at bringing up Christ in a conversation? It doesn't matter who they are talking to or what they are talking about, but somehow, Christ ends up the focus.
I'm not very good at this.
My attempts sound like a street witnessing project gone wrong. One of the guys I used to work for put it like this. "So, your first day of school was today? Oh, BANANAS! Speaking of bananas, you know what else is slippery? The road to hell!"
Oh, I've heard all about the different "methods" you can use to witness. Handing out tracts, doing skits, stopping total strangers, going door to door...there's an endless way to share the love of God.
I'm always both impressed and humbled when I meet someone where every conversation they have inevitably leads back to Christ, without being weird or over-spiritual or forcing it into the conversation like they are mashing a banana into a light socket. I doubt that last one turns out pretty.
I'm sure you know at least one person who is head over heels in love. How often does their boyfriend/fiance/husband come up in the conversation? My bet? Like a zillion times. Like so often, you know the boyfriend/fiance/husband's name better than you know your own.
I have a friend who is so completely in love with Christ that everything she says just broadcasts it to the world. We could be talking about something completely casual, like what we want for lunch or something, and the next thing I know, we're talking about Christ. It's not forced. It's not weird. It's not awkward. But it is so relaxed, that it's like we're talking about the love of her life.
And so we are.
Instead of learning different "methods" to witnessing, maybe Christ had it right all along. When you love God, you will love others. Those are the first and greatest commandments. So let's focus on loving God. And you know what? I have a sneaking suspicion that our conversations will soon point toward the One we're focused on.
1 Corinthians 10:31 - "Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for the glory of God."