How Much Do We Actually Talk About Christ?
For nearly 40 years, I have had the privilege of traveling around the world, meeting people from all over the Body of Christ. This has been encouraging in many ways. But I have one consistent observation that causes me grief and concern: in our casual conversations, I don’t hear us actually talking about Jesus Christ!
Far too often, I’ve participated in extended worship sessions where references to our Savior were virtually absent in the songs we sang. Far too often, I’ve listened to widely respected preachers deliver biblically-grounded messages that barely referenced our Lord Jesus, let alone brought the congregation to bow at the feet of their King. Far too often, I’ve monitored the between-session conversations of attendees at major Christian conferences, hoping for even a hint that God’s Son was somehow vital to their discussions, only to be disappointed time and time again.
What do our many words say about us?
Sunday after Sunday, conversations occur in hundreds of thousands of church lobbies, parking lots, and sanctuaries, but how much of it actually mentions Jesus?
Does it sound at all like the way Paul talked? How often do we say to each other words like: “For me to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21)? Do “we proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we might present everyone perfect in Christ” (Col. 1:28)? Have we “resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2)?
Recall for a moment a recent conversation you had with another believer. Did your time together give both of you a greater vision of the glory of Jesus as “the eternal life which was with the Father and has appeared to us?” Did you encourage each other with “what we have seen and heard” of Christ? Did you help each other enter into deeper “fellowship with the Father and with his Son” and, thus, have your joy “made complete” (1 John 1)? If your experience was like most of mine, probably not.
Far too often, I’m afraid, we have become comfortable simply conversing about benign concepts of God—if we bring him up at all.
We allow ourselves to sidestep deeper encounters with Jesus as Lord. Yet, there’s no getting around the fundamental principle of Romans 10:17: “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”
This process is as equally true of believers — in some ways even more so — as it is of unbelievers. What Christians hear about their Savior from one another will determine a good deal of the depth of hope and passion we express toward Jesus. So let’s make Jesus Christ not only the object of our faith, but the subject of our conversations! And in so doing, we will be led into a deeper encounter with Christ!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Bryant
Known as a Christ proclaimer and messenger of hope, David Bryant is the founder and president of Proclaim Hope!, a ministry whose goal is to serve a nationwide Christ Awakening. David is the author of five books, including Christ Is ALL! A Joyful Manifesto on the Supremacy of God’s Son.