Mark 4:1-20 lectio: To those who can’t see it yet, everything comes in stories, creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive insight. I normally use NIV for my lectio divina, but for some reason I felt led to look up the passage in The Message. And there it was: a phrase that does not appear in the literal text, but which perfectly described what I was trying to do with my “heat & light” illustration.
++ Help me to tell your stories. Holy Spirit, create readiness; nudge my friends toward receptive insight. ++
I went out for lunch on Monday with this same friend. Even though we had had the “heat & light” talk a few days ago, I never tried to steer Monday’s conversation to spiritual things. I think the best decision I made a few years back was to stop trying to evangelize my friends. It has led to so many more conversations about spiritual things, because I’m no longer uncomfortable, and neither are they. Did you know that normal people like to talk about religion as long as you’re really listening to them?
Robert Crabbe once startled the home group he led here by telling them to stop evangelizing. He asked, “Is it working? If whatever you’re doing is not working, stop doing it.“