I’m noticing already a pattern here in John 1. Jesus seems to directly work towards revealing what’s on the heart of the one He’s talking to. While that may not be some earth shattering discovery, it does validate a practice which our culture seems to frown upon.
We’re often told that one must develop a close friendship with someone before dealing with them on personal issues. That we must bow to impersonal religion that, coincidentally, is mocked by the same people who try to force us into it. But in many of the examples we see in the Bible, the messenger of Christ was direct and so very personal… even with strangers.
If you study and meditate on the Bible, you will more likely have love and the Word of God on your heart when you deal with people. And if you have His word on your heart then you have the Words of Life, and you can trust that those Words will work their way into the hearts of men. You don’t need to always focus on working up some great oration on current events or politics or whatever, you just need to point their heart to Jesus. And when you give a person directions on how to get to Him, remember that they must start that journey from where they are at.
God’s Word will not return unto Him without serving its purpose. And He does not place you into people’s lives at a particular time and a particular place without expectation that you will use that exact time and exact place to glorify Him.
Use His words directly with people.
Reach into their hearts exactly where you encounter them.
Show them that even in the fleeting moments they are important to you and to God.
And show them they are important by being personal.
Don’t dance around the hearts of men, be like Christ and dance with them…