Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
We want to advance the conversation of Jesus everywhere we go. Jesus, the great conversationalist, gives us a terrific example to follow and that’s what we’ve been sharing this week.
1) Make sure to find out a person’s name and use it in your conversation. Go out of your way to do so. 2) Be sure to listen actively to the person. Those are just two natural principles of conversation you want to practice with anyone.
In advancing a conversation, you, as a follower of Jesus have a huge advantage over anyone else. As a follower of Jesus, your advantage is that you possess a supernatural agent as you connect and converse with anyone. 3) The third principle is to practice being salt (the invisible presence of Jesus) and light (the visible presence of Jesus). You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world, so practice being salt and light in your connections with people. 4) The fourth principle implies that your supernatural presence can actually bring a sense of healing to anyone and everyone you meet. Just by asking the question, “What can I do to help?” When you think of it, this is an amazingly presumptive thing to ask a person, unless you know something he or she doesn’t know.
Here’s why that question is so prime and so right on target. It’s not so much what you know, but who you know that gives you the right and power to ask such a thing of anyone. You have a Jesus edge that uniquely sets you apart from anyone else in the conversation. Having the Jesus edge means that you have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead residing in you!
At the end of the Gospel of Matthew Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth”. He is making it clear that he is the one in heaven and on earth who has all authority. And, with this authority, Jesus sets forth one of his main mandates to make disciples of all nations. Note Jesus gives none of his authority away.
In fact, Jesus did give his early disciples authority to heal and cast out demons, when he first called them together. This was for a specific field trip experience, even before they were believers. It had not yet been revealed to them that Jesus was God’s Messiah or the Son of the living God as Peter confesses at a later time.
Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth. The only way we can tap into any sense of that authority is to walk closely with Jesus, who has it all. This, is why Jesus goes on to say in this same “make disciples” context: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.“We must be with him or, more importantly, he must be with us. This is why Jesus says, “No longer do I call you slaves, but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15) Jesus wants you to be his friend, so practice making Jesus your BFF!