Day 2: 21 Days to More Godly Communication

The Lord talks about communication hundreds of times in His Word. Though many people think of communication as speech/debate, the Lord instructs us in the daily use of our tongue. Day 2 of my 21 Days to More Godly Communication comes from 1Peter.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1Peter 3:15

We communicate for several reasons: to share information, to gain information, to fellowship, to entertain- though the most important reason for us to communicate is to share the Gospel. We can become as eloquent as a politician, as successful as a millionaire, but if we haven’t shared God’s love with those who don’t know Him, we don’t understand this verse. Let’s look at this verse a little closer.

Right up front He tells us to “sanctify the Lord” in our hearts. Sanctify means to consecrate, to set aside for a sacred purpose. We are to hold a sacred place in our hearts for the Lord for He is Holy and His words are precious. Anything precious should be treasured and something treasured should be given proper attention.

Next He tells us to “be ready”. When we want to be ready to go out, we need to prepare. We get dressed, gather our things we are to take, etc. Being ready to share our faith with someone also means being prepared. It takes educating ourselves about the Lord, His Word and how to share it. This takes practice. We cannot just throw any old words at the unsaved and hope they stick.

The very next word the Lord uses here is “always”. How often are we to be ready? Not just one time, but always! Every time. Preparing for a test takes some effort. Preparing to enter that field takes much MORE preparation! The Lord isn’t asking us to be prepared to share our faith with one man or one person a month. He is asking us always to be prepared to share our faith. That requires much more communication skill because each situation is different.

Next this verse tells us that we are to be prepared to share our faith with “every man”. God doesn’t make Cookie-Cutter-People. Each person sees the world differently. Each of us comes from a particular culture with different experiences and beliefs. No two people see things in quite the same way so we cannot approach each person the same way-especially about something as precious as the Lord. Advertising agencies understand this concept. They often create different ads for the same product to appeal to the different customers. One segment of customers may place value on the brand name and the sleek look of the car while another segment may value its gas mileage. It takes much more time and money to prepare two ad campaigns, but it is worth it in results. One size does NOT fit all.

I find it interesting that He says “to anyone who asketh you”. I’ve read the Bible through several times and nowhere in God’s Word have I found where God forced Himself on anyone. Jesus met with great resistance. He had great power here on earth to heal. Surely Jesus could have made people believe! He asked the rich man to follow him, but he wasn’t willing to give up what he had. Jesus never even argued with him. He just let him walk away. If Jesus didn’t force anyone to become a Christian, who are we to do so?

Furthermore, the Lord tells us to do so with meekness and fear. Contrary to what many believe, meekness does not mean being weak or wimpy. Meekness is a gentleness. This is an emphasis I believe on the fact that we are not to push people or argue with them about the Lord. We are to be gentle as we share and respectful of the choices others may make though we don’t agree with them. How we share our faith is a reflection not only of us, but of our Lord. The is a danger in sharing our faith the “wrong way” understanding that the wrong way for one may be the perfect way for another. Sharing our faith in a way that angers or frustrates or confuses someone may close the door on any other opportunity you have to share with that person again. But even more damaging, sharing your faith the wrong way may close the door on EVERYONE who shares in ANY way about Jesus.

Lastly, you will notice that this is not a suggestion; it’s a command. God’s choice of words are purposeful. It’s not an option. It’s not easy, but then the Lord never said life as a Christian would be easy. In fact, He tells us that we will be persecuted for His namesake. Sharing the faith was never easy and it’s more difficult today than it has been in the past. However, there are things we can do to become proficient at it. There are things we can learn that make it easier. The more you learn about something and the more you practice, the easier it becomes. How long did it take you to learn to speak, walk, play football, crochet, or do your job? Wasn’t it worth it in the end?

Sharing our faith is a command from the Lord so that all have a chance to come to the saving knowledge of Christ Jesus. Today’s world is more complicated and therefore, so is our job. The good news is that we can prepare. We can learn God’s Word so that we can be ready always to give an answer. The trick is that knowledge of God’s Word is not enough. We need to understand how to approach each person as an individual. I think that is where many of these programs fall short. It isn’t enough to know God’s Word, we must be able to articulate it to “every man who asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

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JoJo Tabares holds a degree in Speech Communication, but it is her humorous approach to communication skills which has made her a highly sought-after Christian speaker and writer. Her articles appear in homeschool publications, such as Homeschool Enrichment Magazine and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, which also endorses her Say What You Mean curricula. You can also find JoJo on web sites such as Crosswalk.com and Dr.Laura.com. For more information on communication FUNdamentals and Christian-based communication studies for the whole family, please visit http://www.ArtofEloquence.com

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