Have you just asked?
This week I went to a presentation of a new resource called The Word 1-2-1. Its aim is to make the gospel of John really accessible for friends, family and colleagues.
The co-writer who presented the sessions works in the City of London. He’s using it to read the Bible with twenty work colleagues.
How so many? His answer was simple.
“I just ask my colleagues if they want to read the Bible.”
The ‘B’ Word
It’s hardly profound. But I was shocked by his boldness to – well - ask.
In our post-Christian culture, the ‘B’ word feels taboo – especially in the workplace. Surely my colleagues need to overcome so many questions before looking at John 1:1.
Can the Bible be trusted? Aren’t Christians homophobic? Isn’t the God of the Bible a blood-thirsty maniac?
So I fumble around for opportunities to talk about ‘my faith’, getting excited when I mention Jesus – hoping that colleagues will share some excitement themselves.
Needless to say, they rarely do.
Understanding intellectual challenges like that science has not buried God or that a good God can allow suffering may interest your colleagues. But they won’t meet Jesus.
“The power is in the Word,” was our presenter’s message. And he’s right.
‘In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.’ John 1:1
Jesus, the Word, is God – people won’t come to the Word without reading it.
We don’t know what’s happening in our colleagues’ lives. But the Lord does. The moment you ask ‘would you like to read the Bible?’, you don’t know how that question connects with their life.
But you do know it connects with brokenness. Shame. Guilt. Dissatisfaction. Restlessness (Ephesians 2:12).
“So colleagues say yes - about 40% of the many people I’ve asked.”
We don’t need fancy strategies. The question is, have you just asked?