Getting to the Gospel in Everyday Conversation

I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d gotten us into, but we paid for the special entry pass and entered the temple.

I was showing some friends around my city and made it a point for us to visit some of the larger temples in the area.

We walked around, observing the worshippers praying and walking in front of a gold altar displaying ornate, manmade gods. Our special entry pass gave us an opportunity to talk to a priest. He wanted to pray to his gods for us, but I quickly explained to him that we were followers of Jesus and prayed only to Him.

The priest said he knew of Jesus and began to explain that Jesus was a messenger, the Son of God but not God incarnate. I replied, doing my best to find the right words to explain the gospel in a way he would understand. The priest continued to argue his point, but seeing that we wouldn’t come to agreement, he prayed to Jesus for us and we finished our temple tour.

No matter if I find myself in a temple, a coffee shop, or the back of a taxi, when I’m in a conversation with someone, I do my best to look for ways to bring the gospel into it.

The conversations are always different, but my approach is the same. I listen to whomever I’m talking with and look for ways to bring spiritual topics into the conversation. I listen to what the other person is saying and listen to what the Spirit is telling me to share.

From that point in the conversation, I find a way to connect the spiritual topic we’re talking about to the gospel. When I share the gospel, I tell about God, Jesus, and the problem of sin and ask whomever I’m talking with to respond to what I’m saying. I challenge the person to listen and think about what it will take for him or her to believe the truth of the gospel.

We talk about a lot of things in our everyday conversations—our favorite sports team’s win, the latest episode of that TV show everyone is raving about, or what our plans are for the weekend. What if we really listened and learned to see our everyday conversations as opportunities to share the gospel with those that are close to us but far from God?

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

*Name changed.

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