When you meet a friend or acquaintance, what do you tend to talk about? Do you inquire about their health, maybe because you really care, or possibly because it is considered polite to do so? Or do you talk about the major news story of the week? Or a recent sports event? Do you tell each other what the weather is like, even though you both already know?
For those of us who follow the Christian faith, this should be amongst the most important aspects of our lives. To have discovered a life-changing relationship with God, made possible by the actions of Jesus Christ is, as we sometimes sing, a thing most wonderful. Yet, somehow, many of us find it very difficult to speak about our faith. We tend to think that people don’t want to know what we believe, and we’re worried about offending people. However, if people care about us they will most probably be interested in what makes us tick. And if you don’t have a faith, why not ask someone who does to tell you their story; you might be surprised.
What is more amazing is that we even seem to find it difficult to speak about God to each other. There should be nothing more natural, when we meet together, than to speak about Jesus. How encouraged would we be if, while we were having coffee after our church services, we told each other of how God is at work in our lives?
At one of our services last month I invited anyone who wanted to, to do just that – to come to the front of the church and speak about the difference God had made in their lives that very week. It was exciting to see how many people came forward, and we were all encouraged. We will be doing that again soon!
But don’t wait to be asked. Let’s get into the habit of seasoning our conversation with Jesus-talk. It has to be better than the weather!
And let’s remember the words of the Apostle Peter, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)
It is a thing most wonderful,
almost too wonderful to be,
that God’s own Son should come from heaven,
and die to save a child like me.
(W.W. How, 1823-97)
Revd Andy Wilson