I’m a strong introvert. I stand in awe of the people who know what to talk about. With people I know, I’m aware of who can both generate and carry conversation. Around strangers, however, I have to depend on another strategy: The “Introvert Walk.” Basically, I just keep moving, dodging awkward silences by looking like I’m heading somewhere on purpose. Walk over there to get a drink. Head for the bathroom next. Move to one side of the room. Now the other. Outside to check my phone. Back inside. I put in a lot of miles.
The funny thing about my introversion is that it’s actually possible for me to talk your ear off once we find a subject I’m passionate about. I can rave about international soccer, coffee, trail running, car repair, French literature, Fuji apples, Austin Cheese Crackers, European travel, Japanese green tea, and, yes, Jesus. The more passionate we are about a subject, the greater our vocabulary is to describe it. Even if you find you are sometimes short on words.
But evangelism is a big deal! What if I don’t know what to say? I’m here to remove the pressure. Have you experienced Jesus? Are you getting to know Him better and better? If so, you have something to share. You don’t have to make anything up—just share what God is doing in your life today. At the right time, of course. Remember, God wants your friend to meet Jesus even more than you do. And He knows how to nudge conversation along. Stop trying so hard to evangelise for God and start evangelising with Him.
Usually God sets me up to share about Him by starting with something else that comes easy to me to start the conversation or relationship. The other day it was at the grocery store, connecting about trail running shoes and German soccer. Not every conversation moves immediately to Jesus. Some do. Most don’t. Instead they travel through a much longer road of connection and common ground that build trust, give you a voice, and cause your story of Jesus to be set in the context of a whole life that has been impacted by encountering Him.
Pray for God to show you the relationships to pray about sharing Jesus. Ask God to give you words at the right time to share about Christ.
Watch for the opportunity to share the news about Jesus through your words and your actions daily.