In the Gospels we read of how chatting was a vital part of Jesus’ ministry. He walked with people, he talked with people, he spent time in different homes, he answered questions, and he asked questions. Jesus gives us a fantastic example of how to be a great communicator, and he calls us to be communicators of His saving grace.
Often conversations start with questions like – How are you? What’s the craic? You doing ok? Isn’t the weather strange? etc. and we all have our standard answers that role of our tongue without having to think about them. However, how would you respond if someone asked you – What does Jesus mean to you?
What would your answer be? Would you be stunned, or embarrassed, or mumble through some sort of an answer? Or would you be confident in your response and know exactly what you would say?
For some people this very question strikes horror and awkwardness straight to their core, but for others it is a pure delight and joy to explain the answer. On Sunday mornings in Church during lent we are looking at the question – “What do you live for?” In my answer to this I can echo the words of St. Paul “For me, to live is Christ, to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).
Rev Billy Graham who passed away on 21st February 2018 answered this question many years ago. He said “Some day you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don't you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”
Let me encourage you to seriously ask yourself that question “What does Jesus mean to you?” If you have peace in your answer, then please communicate that with others.