My Favorite Thing

Imagine you’ve been friends with someone for several years. You know each other’s birthday, favorite color, and how you like your drinks at Starbucks.

Imagine your friend doesn’t know Jesus, and one day, after telling her all your other favorite and not-so-favorite things, you bring Jesus into the conversation. You invite her to church or tell her something you learned in your Bible study that morning.

And then your friend looks at you and says, “You follow Jesus? I didn’t know after all these years that you followed Jesus!”

This is not the response we as believers should hear from those who know us best or from those we want to share Jesus with. As we go out into the world and share with our friends, co-workers, and families that we like our coffee with no cream or that our favorite color is blue, we must also tell them that our favorite thing above all things is Jesus.

I’m not suggesting that every time you meet a new person the first words out of your mouth are “My favorite person ever is Jesus!” However, what I am saying is that the first time you meet someone who is not a believer, you must be up front with him or her that you are.

Being authentic with those I meet here in South Asia is an important part of what I do. As I pass my neighbors walking down the street, talk with my taxi driver, or meet a new friend in the park, bringing Jesus into our first conversation as the Spirit leads is my goal.

Whether I simply say that I follow Him, or tell a story from the Bible, I want that person to know that Jesus is someone I want to talk about. Then, as I continue to see the same people in my everyday tasks, my hope is that talking about Jesus will become a regular part of our relationship so much that they expect it from me.

With our words and with our lives, we must show others what it means to follow Jesus so that we can have an opportunity to share the gospel with them. If the gospel that has changed us for the better doesn’t show others a clear change in both our words and lives, why would those we meet want it to change theirs?

 

 

Emily Todd* is a cross-cultural worker serving among the people of South Asia.

*Name changed.

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