One of the most powerful questions ever recorded in scripture was asked in ”Mark 8:27” 2000 years ago
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
To help people know who Jesus is, we have to be in tune and led by His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is really passionate about making Jesus known (See John 16:13)! The lives of many are being destroyed by the enemy…there has never been a time like now that people are living life with many questions.
The Church used to be a lifeboat rescuing the perishing. Now she is a cruise ship recruiting the promising.” “The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized within the lifetime of the opportunity.” -Leonard Ravenhill
I have often said, Christianity is a beggar telling other beggars where they found bread. Many people are starving for God’s truth, We must seize the opportunity now to be God’s voice, hands and feet… He is coming back soon!
Here are three simple questions we can ask people this week in our quest to help them understand God:
• Ask people how they are doing today-Be intentional. Often times a complaint follows after that question, which is always a good way to encourage them with whatever God places in your heart that moment. Remember *(Luke 12:12, He will tell you what to say)! And if a person answers you with, “I am having a good day” you can always try to find out the reason they are having a good day. Their response may trigger a good chat…again the Holy Spirit will tell you what to say.
• Ask people if you can pray for them or if there is anything they need prayer for-Be courageous. I know this sounds terrifying for some, but let the Holy Spirit move as you open your mouth to pray. I have learned that people are receptive to prayers more than we think. From my experience, you will hear most people say they have never had anyone ask them if they could be prayed for. Praying for people can lead to a timely conversation about something they are going through. This is where you talk about Jesus!
• Comment on something you notice looks good on them (It may be their clothes, shoes, or bag). Look for an opportunity to tell them Jesus loves them-Be Sincere. I like to start conversations with something I notice on people, which eventually leads to me telling them Jesus loves them. People usually want to know why God loves them, because they most likely feel convicted. This is where grace comes in. Allow God’s love to penetrate them! Telling people God loves them is usually a timely encouragement they need to hear which can also lead to a good conversation. Don’t forget, we are reminded in John 3:16 that God so loved the world, so telling people this can go a long way.
If you are not comfortable with any of these suggestions, then allow the Holy Spirit to set the moment for you. It may be Him giving you a creative idea in how to represent Jesus, or helping someone in need…whatever it is, make sure you seize the moment!
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect- 1 Peter 3:15