“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!” (Ps. 34:8)
The greatest testimony you can share with anyone is the one that you are living.
What you tell people about how Jesus makes you feel is nowhere near as powerful as what show them.
After all, actions speak louder than words; and you may be the only Bible that people ever read.
Life is hard – full of pain and suffering. Someone who is experiencing a really tough time generally does not want to hear you tell them to cheer up because Jesus loves them.
Of course, it’s true, Jesus loves them very much. But such statements rarely have the desired effect of your good intentions.
They will respond with coldness and bitterness, and with even more distance than before.
Instead of opening the door to discuss Christ, it is being further nailed shut!
The reason for this is simple: because words are cheap, and at the moment, they are not helpful!
As Job said to his pals, after they went on and on with their “helpful advice”:
“I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all!” (Job 16:2)
There is another way, however, one that doesn’t require sage advice or a lifetime’s experience.
All that is required is for you to listen.
Ask them to share with you what they are dealing with, and, without offering advice, simply listen to their story.
Get to know them as a person.
And if ever they ask about how you seem a little different – a little more at peace, with a bit more joy, and a supreme amount of patience – don’t start preaching the gospel.
You must nurture the seed.
Give glory to God, certainly, but refrain from launching into a lecture. That will suddenly close the ears.
Over time, as they see for themselves what an impact Jesus has made in your life, they will become curious and eventually ask about you it.
Even still, do not preach.
Simply tell them to “taste and see that the Lord is good.”
The Spirit will take care of the rest.