Have you ever been in a conversation that started to elevate to a level that went over your head, so you just shut down? This happens to me all the time with tech stuff. I heard someone the other day describing how it happened to them with a conversation about physics, and someone else while talking about cars. It’s pretty easy when this happens to start to glaze over and just start nodding your head and saying, “yeah” sporadically. We leave the discussion because we don’t want to look stupid. What about when people start discussing faith or religion? Do you feel unqualified to enter into that conversation? Are you sometimes fearful that you are going to say the wrong thing, so you say nothing at all? It’s interesting to me that in John 7:15 it says that when Jesus was in the Temple, the people were surprised when they heard him teach because he was untrained. Jesus responds with, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies.” John 7:16-18 (NLT) Jesus wants us to jump into these conversations, not for the sake of showcasing our wisdom or knowledge, but to lead people to truth and a relationship with God. We need not fear not knowing what to say. In Luke 12:11-12 He tells us that when we need to defend ourselves, we can depend on the Holy Spirit to give us the words we need. That’s not to say that reading and knowing your Bible isn’t important. Just don’t feel afraid to jump into a theological or religious conversation out of fear that you don’t know enough. Being a follower of Jesus comes with the huge benefit of having the Holy Spirit on your side. When your desire is to glorify God and not yourself, He will always give you the words to say.
Director of Family Ministry