The past two afternoons I have been surprised by some awesome conversation opening questions!
Yesterday I was at the local shop buying yogurt for dinner. I have been feeling convicted to go deeper in my conversation with the shop keeper, and had hoped to yesterday, but when I got there, two other women as well as another customer were in the shop.
I figured I would stay a few minutes and small talk before JJ and I headed home for dinner. The women were oohing and ahhing over JJ and his blonde hair, and then out of the blue one, asked “has he been baptized??”.
So we talked…all of us leaning on an ice-cream cooler…about baptism and how we will let JJ decide when he is ready to be baptized as a teen or as an adult. Their response? “That makes more sense because then the person is able to decide if they want to be baptized”. I shared that for us as Christians, baptism is not something to get checked off on a to-do list in order to be saved, but rather a public declaration of our decision to follow Jesus as our savior. Again, they both repeated that they thought it was a great idea to have people wait until they are ready.
I let it be at that for the night, but might have to make a trip over sooner than later to keep talking?
Then this afternoon, I sat down to try and get some office work done…(the administrative part of missions takes some time and there isn’t always quiet to work on it). My phone started to ding with a Whatsapp message. A friend who has been drifting from the church lately wanting to ask a question. Her question? “With the things we were talking about at Bible Study last week, does that mean I shouldn’t be going to the novenas or celebrations for the Holy Child?”.
How exciting are these conversations!!!!
So we chatted on our phones about when Jesus served, when Jesus performed miracles, when Jesus died. All as an adult. That he was born as a baby in order to be completely human, but that God didn’t call him to teach or perform miracles or die until he was an adult. And that the Jesus we follow is Jesus whom God used during his adulthood. She’s feeling much less in love with the Holy Child than she was a year ago, but for some reason is struggling with the topic right now. We’ll see how the conversation progresses!
The opportunity to engage in these conversations is super exciting…and at times a little scary…my desire is to be able to answer in ways that help people draw nearer to the Lord and strip off the layers of religion that keep them from seeing the truth!
Please pray that I would be faithful, wise and courageous when these questions come up. And that we would always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15)