“I just can’t find a way to talk to people about Jesus without seeming pushy or awkward.”
Ever heard that? Ever said that?
Sometimes we make the whole concept of “talking about Jesus” entirely too difficult. Having a Gospel conversation with someone doesn’t mean you have to beat them over the head with the Bible – starting at Genesis and telling the entire story through Revelation.
Talking about Jesus means at some point, we turn the conversation towards Christ, even if it is just for a sentence. Sometimes it may lead to the conversations opening up to discuss your faith; other times it will just be a quick mention of Christ and then the conversation moves on.
The excuse that it’s really hard and at times awkward to just turn a conversation is not a valid excuse at all. We turn conversations all the time.
For example, you don’t have to talk to me for very long before I will be telling you about my wife and kids or pulling out my phone to show you pictures of them. Am I being pushy? No. I am just passionate about my family. So I take the opportunity to let people know that whenever I see the chance.
Guys, you have your favorite team. You turn conversations toward that team all the time – “Did you see the game last night?” “Did you hear about the big trade?” “Did you hear our third string half-back has an ingrown toenail and is out for two weeks?” – Why? It’s something that you are passionate about. You find joy in talking about it.
Ladies, let’s say you find a great deal on a particular outfit at your favorite store. I mean you get this thing for a steal because of the in-store discount combined with an online coupon you had and Venus being aligned with Jupiter and all other sorts of things. How long do you wait before you work that in to a conversation with a friend? You can’t wait to tell someone! You are excited about it and you don’t care who knows it!
The truth is, we talk about what we are passionate about. We don’t have to work hard or be manipulative to work those things into our everyday conversations. They just come out of us because they are things that are important to us.
If we are living the type of lives that Christ has called us to live and allowing Him to permeate every area of our life, if He is our true passion, guess what? – He will begin to pop up in our daily conversations. Many of those mentions of Christ will not be anymore than a sentence long. But some might be. Just see where the conversation takes you
Stop making it so hard on yourself. Just try it. Turn a conversation towards Christ today.