eInspire 7: Talk about Jesus

I was in a conversation with a Middle Eastern man talking about hospitality. He said that in his country it is customary for the head of the house to bring his guests a basin of water in which they can wash their hands. I said, “That reminds me of a beautiful story from the life of Jesus. May I tell it to you?” He agreed.

I continued, “On the night Jesus was betrayed and arrested, just as they prepared for supper, Jesus took a basin of water and washed his followers’ feet. At first they were hesitant because they didn’t think it right for their teacher to do such a menial task. Jesus then asked, ‘Do you understand what I have done for you? You call me, Teacher and Lord, and rightly so… I have given you an example that you should do as I have done for you.’¹ Elsewhere Jesus said that he did not come to be served but to serve and give his life a ransom for many.”²

My listener said it was a beautiful story. Later in that same conversation, I was able to ask him about his spiritual journey and heard quite the story.

Over the years of sharing my faith I have moved more and more towards quoting Jesus’ words and telling stories of Him as found in the Gospels. I’ve done this because fewer and fewer of the people with whom I talk are coming from church backgrounds. When I share such things and when I discover my friend is interested, I can go on to talk more specifically about what Jesus says about the human heart and our need for Him to be our Savior and Lord.

I encourage people to read one of the four Gospels so that they can learn more about Jesus. We can’t expect someone to put their faith and trust in someone whom they hardly know. I encourage them to pray a simple prayer as they read, “Show me, Jesus, are you worthy of my trust?”

We need to familiarize ourselves with the Gospels, reading them over and over again, so that we can quote them in our conversations, keeping the focus on Jesus and what He said.

Pray that God will bring some of Jesus’ words to mind the next time you are in a meaningful conversation with someone.

¹See John 13:2-17

²See Matthew 20:28

Unless otherwise noted all scripture is taken from the New International Version, ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.

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