I used to build relationships in order to point people to Jesus. However, I kept running into the same problem:
The relationship would become so important to me that I was often afraid to jeopardize it by talking about Jesus in any meaningful way.
To paraphrase Jesus, I loved the relationship more than I loved him … and the results were sobering (see Matthew 10:37).
Now I am learning to build relationships with people by pointing them to Jesus.
Here is an illustration:
I recently met a student and introduced myself as someone who helps people learn how to read the Bible. This led to a short discussion about God, and more importantly it set the expectation that God would be part of our future conversations.
The student invited me to coffee later that week, which is where he brought God into the conversation. This gave me the opportunity to share part of my testimony and one of the ways that I read the Bible.
The next time we meet, I will suggest some passages that he and his circle could read and discuss – and instead of threatening the relationship, my suggestion will help it.
- How fruitful has it been for you to build relationships with people in order to point them to Jesus?
- What are some benefits of introducing God into your very first conversation with people?
- What is one way you will point someone to Jesus this week?
Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!