I saw a this blog post recently about a guy who took a mission trip to India. During the trip, over the course of many days…having several conversations, he was able to help lead his cab driver to Christ. But there was a problem…this guy had known someone who was a Christian for a long time…in fact he had had tea with him many times, he had even been over to his house…but this friend had never told him about Jesus. Reading this brought this Bible verse to mind:
“Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Col. 2:4
Is our speech always full of grace? Mine isn’t…all too often I let my mood or my emotions dictate my speech instead of my love for my Savior.
Are we engaging in conversations that are deeper than: “How’s the weather?” “How about them Colts?” “What do you think about the new Head Coach?” Rarely…even among fellow church members.
Would people know we are a Christian just by our conversations? And I’m not just talking about occasionally saying “Praise God” or “Thank God” because most people believe in God… Muslims believe in God….Jehovah’s Witness believe in God… I mean, are you talking about Jesus? And I don’t mean the life accessory Jesus “Get Jesus and your life will be better” “New and improved you with 100% more Jesus.” I mean the savior who bled and died for a wretch like me Jesus, the Lamb of God, that the Bible talks about, who bore the sins of many.
“Many times Usha and I have had conversations in the chai shop. Never once has he told me about Jesus. I don’t think Usha knows what I know about Jesus. If he does, how could he have never once brought Jesus up in our conversations?”
This man was actually angry that someone he knew that was a Christian hadn’t told him about Jesus.
We should not keep silent about something so awesome…and too often we’re too content to say nothing or avoid the conversation…and it’s too important to not talk about.