Pray, Listen, Ask and Share
To engage people for the gospel of Christ, we need to be prayed up. We need to be in tune with the Holy Spirit, willing to listen to His guiding to specific people/people groups to engage them in spiritual conversations. I believe take all responsibility upon ourselves to bring people to Christ, when it is the power of the Holy Spirit that draws people into a right relationship with Christ. Yet, knowing this fact, we neglect to seek God in prayer asking Him to divinely lead people into our paths and to give us the strength, courage and words to share. We tend to have a mentality of “I can do this”, “I got this” attitude which isn’t Christ example at all. He humbled himself before His Father and was always going off to spend time in prayer and be with His Father in preparation for encounters.
As we read and follow the life of Christ throughout the gospel letters, a teaching technique we see Jesus using is the method of asking questions and listening to the response. James 1:19 “know this my beloved brothers; let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” Initially, we as Christians need to learn how to listen deeper to where people really are in their lives. We tend to enter into gospel conversations with an ammunition of scriptures that may not pertain to what an individual is walking through. Instead of being ready to bombard people with scripture first, let us learn to listen to where people truly are, and allow the Holy Spirit to give us the scripture to share. Every person is broken in a unique way, if we learn to listen to their hurts, pains, struggles we will then have the platform to ask poignant “spiritual” questions that will turn to the corner to share the truth and beauty of Christ.
Also, we need to learn how to turn the conversation “spiritual.” For example, I was engaging a student in conversation and found out he and his family are farmers. So I asked, “As a farmer, what do you have to put your trust in to have a successful harvest season?” His response was “the weather.” I then asked him “where does the weather come from? or who or what is the maker of the weather?” There was no response, he was unsure of where whether comes from. However, because I listened to his life story, I was able ask specific questions that pertain to his story and then was able to share the gospel through creation, then to the fall and finally redemption. But ultimately, we need to ask the most important question, “would you like to know Jesus today?” Do not neglect to ask a question that requires a response. Draw that line in the sand. Allow an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to do His job.
So as we engage our communities this year, let us humble ourselves in prayer, being in tune with the Holy Spirit. Learn how to intently listen to people and their stories and then ask questions that will lead to spiritual discussion knowing where they are and what they are walking through. Ultimately asking a questions that demands a response of “yes” or “no” God wants us to engage a dark culture with the light of Christ. Let us listen, follow and share.
Campus Missionary at University of Kentucky