As a writer, I’ve often heard the advice to KISS—Keep It Simple, Stupid. So today I’m keeping it simple about a topic we tend to overcomplicate.
When it comes to talking about Jesus, we get nervous, worry how others will take it, wonder if we’re getting it wrong—and that’s understandable, to a degree. Talking about God with other people does have weighty implications for their lives and eternities, but that’s why we should be talking more and not less.
So let’s stop worrying and start talking, and here are three simple steps to do that.
1. Pray. Paul asked the people in Ephesus for a favor: “Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should” (Ephesians 6:19-21).
Before you open your mouth to others about God, open it with God. Turn that request into your personal prayer. Here’s a KISS example, but feel free to elaborate: “Dear Lord, help me open my mouth to share the good news with others—gently, respectfully, fearlessly. Amen.”
2. Tell. After Jesus healed a man who was possessed by demons, the guy wanted to follow him—obviously!—but Jesus said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19).
The Lord has had mercy on you too. So in your face-to-face conversations, on social media, and in texts, tell your story. The one where God made you part of his family. Now you see him at work in every aspect of your life, and you thank him (out loud) for sunsets and sunrises (if you’re up that early) and for his answers to your prayers. You post on social media about his blessings and how he carries you through your challenges. Tell it with your words and your experiences.
Oh … in keeping with our KISS theme, don’t worry about telling all the people. Focus on telling your own people—the ones in your circle of influence, the ones God put in your path today.
3. Be confident. In full disclosure, this step is the one where I could easily get tempted to KICS—Keep It Complicated, Stupid. (I just made that acronym up.) I prefer to worry, thankyouverymuch.
But 1 John 5:14,15 has a reminder for me (and you too): “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
God’s will is that you pray. God’s will is that you tell others about him. So be confident that you will have the requests you’ve asked of him. Don’t be timid. Don’t worry. Sit back and enjoy watching him work, bringing others into his family.
Then they can pray, tell, and be confident too.
Linda Buxa is a writer and editor who apologizes for using the “S” word twice in one post.