Jesus was a skilled conversationalist who used language to love others well! We can follow in his footsteps by seeking out intentional conversations in order to connect with one another and build community.
We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3, New Living Translation (NLT)
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to have a conversation with Jesus in the flesh? What would you say? Would you have pressing questions for him or simply enjoy a quality conversation over a cup of coffee? We are all created and wired for conversation. From the time we were small children and uttered our first words, we were taking steps towards conversation and learning to communicate.
Jesus was a great conversationalist. He was intentional and thoughtful when he spoke. He was so skilled at the art of conversation that He even befriended people who were very different from himself—without ever compromising who He was or what He believed. We see this aspect of Jesus’ character in Luke 19 when Zacchaeus, a cheating tax collector, climbs a tree to get a glimpse of Jesus in a busy crowd. Jesus could have easily passed him by, brushed him off as if he wasn’t there, and continued on with his busy day. But He doesn’t. He stops right there in the middle of the chaos, looks up at Zacchaeus dangling from that fig tree and calls him by name. Jesus intentionally chose one of the most unpopular citizens in Jericho to befriend and break bread with that day. We can follow the Lord’s leading in reaching out to those who may be very different from us and allowing Jesus to show us how to connect to people’s hearts and lives in a personal and authentic way.
God calls us into the habit of conversation for a significant purpose. Good conversation is a building block of the Kingdom and it allows amazing opportunities for closed doors to open. The Lord encourages us towards dialogue because he knows that from our conversations comes connection, and from connection, a community is built.
Lead me, Lord, into conversations with others that will show off Your kindness. You have set a great example for me in reaching out to others in love and compassion. I can be bold and fearless in starting conversations because You are with me and are guiding me always. Amen