Jesus and conversations – we find He is our perfect example of how to engage with others. Because Jesus asked questions, creating connection and fellowship.
Sometimes I can be self-conscious, shy, or not even know what to say when I am around people I don’t know. Sometimes I can be judgmental. But as I intentionally look for opportunities to connect with people, I am having beautiful conversations. It leads me to listen to others as they share, and me sharing with them. To look past appearances into the heart.
The other day I ran into a lady on the corner where I live. She asked me where the walking path went. Instead of just pointing, I invited her to walk with me. She had moved to the neighborhood recently, and after we walked and talked a good mile, we found out we were both Christians. She said, “God put you here for me to meet today.” And I felt the same. As we walked the about three-mile track through the woods, past the pond overlooking the golf course, geese stammered out of our way, birds flitted, the fresh pine invigorating, and straw crunched as our feet touched the ground.
Then a conversation at a party led to the new church my husband and I are attending. It was a beautiful day as the children ran around, dogs chasing on the green spread of grass surrounded by tall trees. Amongst the chatter and laughter, a young woman sat near me. Although I wasn’t sure what we had in common, I soon discovered we had much in common. We both love Jesus – there was so much proclaiming of God at this backyard party.
The tongue has the power of life and death –
While reading Rachael Adam’s new book, “A Little Goes a Long Way,” her chapter of Day 23, “A Little Conversation,” resonated with me. Especially after these experiences. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” 1
In Rachael’s devotion, she writes about how Jesus initiated conversations in various locations. Many of these interactions took place outside religious settings – in the home and the workplace. We can look to Jesus to find an example of how to have a little conversation. Jesus asked questions, creating connection and fellowship.2 Although we may question whether our little conversations add up to much or if it is worth the effort to step outside our comfort zones, we can rest assured every little conversation adds up in God’s kingdom. We were made for love, connection, friendship, and fellowship.
I have been thinking lately that a revival is happening in our backyards, corners, walking paths, doctors’ offices, and grocery stores. There seem to be so many people around me in love with God. And I would not have known this had it not all started with little conversations.
God takes our little and turns it into His Glory. Just think about that. Rather than shying away from coworkers, someone at church, a party, or even when walking, engage.
- We can start with a smile and a hello and see what God has in mind when somebody new happens along our path. In what way will you try reaching out to someone you do not know?
- Are you an introvert, shy, or judgmental? How does Proverbs 18:21’s message resonate with you?
- Have you thought about how Jesus’s ministry revolved around conversations in everyday places of life? How does Jesus’s example of connecting and fellowship inspire you?
- Proverbs 18:21
- Rachael Adams, A Little Goes a Long Way: 52 Days to a Significant Life (BroadStreet Publishing, 2022), 75
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