By Pastor Mikel
I believe there is an urban myth circulating that people don’t want to talk about Jesus.I whole-heartedly disagree with this myth. I’m not disagreeing from my bias as a pastor, and my disagreement is not based on the people I interact with at the church. I’m actually referring to my interactions with people outside of my faith community. People want to talk about faith and want to know more about who Jesus is. Let me give you a few examples. I would also like to be clear that I rarely start these conversations, but rather I am prompted by other people.
Last year, my wife and I decided to do a spa day together – which I was cool with (although I was a little weirded out by the facial). However, as I was getting the facial the beautician (who was a Muslim) learned that I am a pastor and was full of questions about Jesus. Before I knew it, I found myself sharing the gospel while getting a facial. This is a calling that I’m sure a lot of other people would like to be involved in – we could call it “Facials For Jesus.”
Also, for the last number of years I have had an ongoing faith dialogue with my chiropractor; it doesn’t matter how long it has been between treatments, he always picks up where we left off the conversation. And most recently, as I was getting some massage therapy on my wrist, I once again found myself in a faith dialogue. Personally, all I wanted was relief from the pain in my wrist and yet I spent the hour talking about Jesus. As you can see from this sampling of stories, there is a desire in humanity to discuss matters of faith. I also know that this is just not me – on a number of occasions, my wife has been sought out to talk about matters of faith. My favorite comment made to her was, “Hey, someday I’d like to talk to you about forgiveness. You seem to be someone that would be good to talk to about that.”
I love how Eugene Peterson translates Matthew 5:14-16 in The Message Bible. I believe it certainly captures the essence of what I am talking about.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
Friends, I want to encourage you to live authentically what Jesus has done for you. You are a redeemed and beloved child of the Most High King, and it is only natural for you to reflect what Christ has done in you by being salt and light to the world. All that remains is for you to decide if you are willing to live an open and generous life that will prompt others to be open to God.