When we talk to someone about God there is a big difference in the conversations depending on whether the person is a committed believer or not.
2 Corinthians 5.11-6.2
Reference: v.13 If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. (NIV Bible)
Explore: My mother is a brilliant doctor. She has many letters after her name however she prides herself more on her bedside manner than the certificates on her wall. Whenever there is a complex medical situation she does her best to explain it in a simple, easy-to-understand way. Every now and then, however, I hear her talking to another doctor. Because they have similar medical backgrounds it suddenly seems like they are speaking another language. They talk about this condition and that drug – all words that are seven hundred syllables long and contain three-quarters of the alphabet! When I overhear these conversations take place, it reminds me that Mum has all this knowledge within her that we never hear about because we would not understand it if she spoke to us mere mortals in the same way.
Application: When we talk to someone about God there is a big difference in the conversations depending on whether the person is a committed believer or not. If we know the person is a committed believer then we can make some assumptions of their knowledge and experience, just like my mother can assume another fellow doctor understands all her big words. However when we are talking to someone who may be exploring faith but has not made a commitment to it, our conversation runs very differently. It is important that we are able to explain our faith in all different contexts. Often we can complicate the simple truth. It’s great when we have the opportunity to delve deeper into spiritual aspects, but it is just as important to be able to explain our faith to someone who has never walked through a church door.
Prayer: Lord, you are beyond our comprehension! It is often so hard to explain to others how much you mean to us. Give us the right words to express Your greatness so others can desire to worship You too. Amen.
When was the last time you had to express your faith to someone who did not believe? How did you explain the complexity of God in one conversation?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.