Pray, Listen, and Share Jesus {Thrive This Summer}

Sharing about Jesus can make us and others uncomfortable. BUT—I often think about where I would be if someone had not asked me when I was converted. I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about but by the end of that day, I had put my faith in
Jesus Christ, been forgiven, accepted by God, and placed on a new path that only He knew about!

Because praying about, listening to, and sharing Jesus is our responsibility and privilege, I wanted to share with you this inspiring and informative article by my friend, speaker and author, Kathy Collard Miller.

I was talking on the phone recently to a friend who used to live in our area but moved away. Now we rarely chat but when we do, I enjoy her company. This time, she was raving about her neighborhood friend who seems so “spiritual.” They were having a garage sale and she said, “Kendra would touch something and put her vibes on it and within moments, someone would come along and buy it. She does yoga and she’s so peaceful. She’s amazing!”

My mind did somersaults trying to think of ways to combat a spiritual, yoga-studying, peaceful woman who was having an impact on my friend. When she lived close, I had the opportunity of sharing the gospel with her and she came to church with us, but it seemed like I never could get past first base to help her see God’s offer of salvation. It was obvious she found her yoga friend more interesting.

A few days after our conversation as I thought about it, I realized I had gone down the wrong road. I was trying to combat something that couldn’t be fought. But I could use my friend’s spiritual longing to draw her closer to God. I was focused on the yoga friend and not my friend’s longing for spirituality. Wonder if I’d said something like, “I think I hear you longing for spirituality in your own life. Is that true?”

I don’t know what would happen after that, but I can trust God to direct the conversation if the opportunity comes again.

So I’m going to try to remember: don’t try to combat something but instead, look to the heart of the person. What are they looking for? What are they seeing that they want? I might then be able to lead them to the idea that God can offer that to them.

This article was originally posted on Kathy Collard Miller’s website in 2009.

My thanks to Kathy for challenging us to thrive spiritually this summer by seeing others as Jesus did. He looked on them with compassion and saw them as sheep–scattered, looking everywhere for what might fill their hunger, and offered them the only truly satisfying source of life—Himself (Matthew 9:36-38Thrive This Summer!).

Coming Next Week: More practical tips on how to share Jesus, plus key Scriptures that explain the good news of God’s love.

 

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This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

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Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

    As an international speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, mentor, and spiritual coach, it's my goal to encourage women to thrive in their relationship with Christ and in life.

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