Eavsdropping

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. – John 14:6

Not too long ago, I was standing in line, waiting to board a flight. If you have ever flown Southwest Airlines, you know how that line works. For those that haven’t had the pleasure of flying Southwest (one of my favorite airlines), it is much like lining up in school. The point is, you are very close to each other and can’t help but overhear other people’s conversations.

A group of young, 20-something businessmen were talking about smartphone games. They asked each other about favorite games, what they supposed was the most popular game, even what was the most addicting game. Quickly, I learned where their passion was, at least for that moment in time. I had a mirror moment. I had to look myself in the face and ask, what would people hear if eavesdropping in on one of my conversations?

At times they would hear about my thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys or the latest outcome of a golf tournament. They might hear me talk about my vocation. Of course they would hear about my family, but how often would they hear about the most important relationship of my life…and their life? Jesus Christ and our relationship to Him is not only important; it’s not only vital; it’s literally life and death: eternal life and death.

It would be unrealistic to say that He would be the focus of every conversation we had. There are times when we have to talk about work. Sometimes, we need to focus on day-to-day life with our family and friends. Sometimes, my wife needs to hear how important she is to me. But how often do I talk about nothing but Jesus? How often do I shift the conversation so that we can talk about Him to others? Is it fifty percent, twenty, or lower?

We have to realize that, as believers, we hold onto the greatest truth. We have the message that every person on the planet must hear. The movie Déjà Vu has a line that says, “What if you had to tell someone the most important thing in the world, but you knew they’d never believe you?” We have to approach this truth not as they would never believe it, but simply as the absolute truth.

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