Are you reluctant to start a conversation on faith outside church walls in today’s culture?
Ever want to somehow share Christ with someone? Somehow.
Still growing in your faith and don’t have all the answers?
Then guess, what:
- You are normal
- You are called
- You are capable
And, in this two-part series, I’ll introduce you to a set of innovative tools that allow you to be normal, connect with your calling, and easily – and I mean easily – share the Good News with others by simply being, well . . . you.
You are Normal
Consider this: How many encounters did you have this past week outside church where you discussed or signaled your faith? Last month? Last year?
Starting such conversations takes effort, timing, and guts. What if we could change that?
Confession: For a long time, I found it hard to start a conversation about Jesus with my very best buddy in the world, and I would do anything for this guy.
Truth is, I want to share my faith, but I don’t go around blurting out “Jesus saves!” I’m not ashamed of my faith, but I don’t want to be marginalized or even rejected. You, too?
We want people to know about Jesus. And, we want to be liked. But let’s be honest – not always in that order. Why? Because we let fear get in the way. It’s a normal response to taking risk.
Together, however, we can sidestep fear and open the door to a new world of sharing our faith!
You are Called
So, how do we put fear-of-sharing in its place? Well, for starters we acknowledge we are called.
Ever hear of the Great Commission? It’s found in Matthew chapter 28:16-19. Here’s the nutshell version: Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, . . .” And he quickly followed it up with ” . . . behold, I am with you always . . .”
What does that mean?
Well, it’s calling us to do something important but telling us we won’t be alone: Jesus is right there with us when we respond to the call to grow the kingdom of God.
So, can’t we just leave that witnessing stuff to others better qualified?
Listen, I don’t think Jesus commissioned us to go on a guilt trip because we aren’t Billy Graham. Instead, he’s calling us to a faith journey that begins where you are with what you’ve got.
So, do you have five seconds to tell someone where you look for hope and help in all situations?
Does that mean you have to have a conversation? Yup. But here’s a sharing tip: you don’t have to start the conversation on faith. Let the other person do it, and then give a five second response.
Really? Really. And here’s how.
You are Capable
If you can sincerely say you look to God for everything (or want to), then you’re capable of using KLŪ.
You can easily invite another person to start a conversation on faith by using one or more of our three tools:
- A catchy phrase
- A familiar gesture
And, get this, none of them mention Christ, and with good reason.
Each tool appeals to a person’s natural curiosity by inviting the question, “Hey, what’s that mean?” Your response is always unique to you. You own it, so its authentic.
Think of all this as a faith-sharing tool set. We call it KLŪ.
Here’s the backstory. When I was a kid my uncle (a great man of God) would say, “Keep looking up!” So being young and unoriginal, I started using it – maybe even before understanding its true meaning.
You see, my uncle was not just being positive – he was pointing to God. To Keep Looking Up is to seek God in all you do.
Think about it. The concept of “Up” as positive is based upon a place. And who lives up there? The Bible makes it clear: God.
Fast forward to the night I woke up and realized the acronym for Keep Looking Up sounds like the word clue. How cool!
After much prayer and thoughtful development, we felt confirmation in launching KLŪ as the first brand of our Kingdom-minded family business. Myself, my wife and our two young daughters are all involved.
Our mission: offer believers useful tools and training that invite turning-point conversations, foster community, and point the way to Jesus.
We’d be blessed to have you join us on this exciting journey. I think you’ll be glad you did.
So, ready to take your first step in using the KLŪ tool set?
You can do this. You want to do this. You should do this. So do it.
Start today by telling yourself to Keep Looking Up, and think about what it means, to you. Then read or listen to part two of this series and learn how to put all our tools to work for you and the Kingdom.
Keep Looking Up!
You can find Part Two of this series here. While you’re clicking buttons, please help us grow KLŪ by sharing it with two friends today. Thank you from all of us at R.M. Bradshaw LLC, a company built around family.
NOTE: Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.