Most of us are familiar and comfortable with conversations. We talk with our neighbors about the weather, sports, our families, and our work. Some conversations happen by text message and social media. We talk about personal things, hobbies, politics and the like. What are spiritual conversations? These are conversations about purpose in life, assurance, relationships and traditions. They involve talking about what really matters, including faith, hope, and love. In spiritual conversations, we talk about God and His ways.
Spiritual conversations are important because they are a means God uses to give us what he wants. God uses means to accomplish his purposes in this or any generation. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, someone told you about the value of Jesus Christ. To what degree do you treasure Jesus Christ? Just how important is your neighbor to God? Jesus told us the greatest commandment is to love God… and to love our neighbor as ourselves. One of the ways we love God and neighbor is by talking about our faith. In the same way we talk with God, so we talk with one another about God.
We believe God is already at work. We build redemptive relationships. We pray for neighbors and friends. We keep our spiritual fires burning. We listen for interesting subjects in conversation. We learn to ask great questions. One question could be something as simple as “do you believe people are on a spiritual journey?” Another one could be “are you interested in spiritual things?”
I’d like to invite you to a series called Spiritual Conversations. We will use the months of February and March to talk about what they are, how important they are, and how to initiate and sustain these.