Recently I was asked how I’ve started faith conversation with people I meet. I must admit it was difficult to answer. In some ways it seemed like I was asked why I am a writer. It is so natural and a part of who I am that to explain how I do it seemed so foreign to me.
Faith conversations happen naturally. There isn’t a list or steps I follow. They just happen. The thought of attempting to put it into a formula for someone to copy is counter-intuitive. I know having a ‘listicle’ (The 5 Steps/Ways to….) in today’s trending world is assumed to be necessary to have a trending article but truly connecting with one another is different with every pairing of people. It happens naturally as each person shares his genuine self with another.
My own faith is so entwined with who I am as a person that it will naturally arise in conversations. It would not be a rarity to hear me say at some point, “Jesus and craft beer. My two great loves and in that order.” I am passionate about each of them and I nauseatingly talk about both of them to everyone! I mean, everyone! Even people who don’t like either (or both). But because I come from a place of true passion and not judging people are intrigued and further engage in conversation with me. We connect and learn about each other.
This is my prayer for every disciple of Jesus Christ. Your own passion and excitement for your faith will come through your conversations. You do not need to have a step by step guide to start a faith conversation. Simply be you. Because you are excited about your own relationship with Jesus Christ you will end up talking about Him to others. You won’t be able to help yourself.
You just may find yourself saying, “Jesus and ________. My two great loves and in that order.”
My advice to you, truly live your life. Live it with passion, full of joy, and contagious excitement. People will take notice. They will begin to ask questions. Over time you will start to see faith conversations are happening all around you, wherever you go. You may not see the change immediately but only when you stop and reflect.
The ReSolved disciple’s life stems from our individual relationships with Jesus Christ, our daily trust in God and our obedient following of the Holy Spirit. It impacts our whole selves and transforms our perspective on life and others. There is no formula on account of each of us are uniquely created by God.
Be you. Watch how your every day conversations will change.
This Week’s Challenge
Write, doodle, brainstorm why you love Jesus Christ.
Be prepared to answer why you love him when asked. The more you understand (and we all are growing in our love for Jesus in our own faith journeys) they more confident you will be in telling another person.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15