It is not uncommon for someone who does not know Jesus Christ to look at us a little funny or to become a little uncomfortable when we talk about Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. We cannot expect people who are not filled with the Spirit to understand matters of the Spirit. The Word of God tells us that this is to be expected. So how do we engage in conversation effectively with those who do not know Jesus Christ? While there is so much we could talk about here, let’s keep it simple.
“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 3:14
When we talk to people about God, Paul gives us a good model of what to do. Plain and simply, we should point them to Jesus Christ. We don’t have to try so hard to convince them, we can let God’s Word do the work. And while we seek God and model our lives after Jesus Christ, our lives can be a testimony to the goodness of our Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit, and a beacon of light that draws others to Him. Paul says, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Cor 2:4,5).
And while we grow in wisdom of the Word and Jesus Christ our Lord, our words can be guided by his Holy Spirit. “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.” – (1 Cor 2:12-13).
There is so much more that we can talk about here, but when we witness to others we simply have to point people to Jesus Christ and the Word of God. And while it helps to have knowledge we we absolutely should seek God and study his Word every day, we don’t have to be experts to in the Word of God to do this. We just have to do our small part, and let God’s Word do the work in them.
What are some small things that we can do? Invite someone to church. Share a small scripture or biblical truth. Pray for someone. And in conversation we can be meet them where they are at in their spiritual journey. Know your audience. Be nice to people. Speak goodness into their lives. Lift people up. Let your light shine, and let love overflow. Stand on God’s Word alone. Be strong and courageous, for God is with You, and there is nothing that you cannot do with God on your side.
Do you have other ideas and experiences you want to share on on how to effectively engage those who do not yet believe in Jesus Christ our Lord? Share them with us in the comments section below!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit. Fill us up with more of You. Let us walk in Your Presence. Fill our hearts with joy and love, and our minds with peace and understanding. We give all honor and glory to You Father God, and we declare all of your goodness and blessings over our lives, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Today’s full reading: Deuteronomy 32-34; 1 Corinthians 2
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles” – (1 Cor. 1:23)
- “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength” – (1 Cor. 1:25)
- “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave or forsake you.” – (Deut. 31:6 )
- “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” – (1 Cor. 3:7-9)
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