What Conversation Would Jesus Have?

One thing I admire about Jesus is that He never allowed pressure from others to drive His agenda.

And they tried.

Jesus lived in political times. There were people who had been waiting for the Messiah – not to follow Him but to use Him to achieve their own goals.

Roman oppression intoxicated with its own reflection. Powerful Israeli factions vying for leadership of the Jewish nation. Fight the Romans? Compromise with the Romans? Embrace the Romans? What to do?

There’s nothing new under the sun. The leaders of Jesus’ day thought they had all the power. They believed that their opinions and decisions carried eternal weight.

But Jesus never felt the need to dance with them nor to access their influence. Time and again, Jesus refused to even let them drive the conversation.

“And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.” Matthew 16: 1-4 ESV

Jesus knew why He was here and it wasn’t to let puppets pull His strings.

Daily, He pulled away to be alone with His Father. Jesus knew what He was about and He allowed no one else to distract Him from His mission. He was never afraid to speak the truth but He didn’t let others bait Him into answering questions they weren’t really asking.

In America, the media often drives the conversation – both on a political scale but also on a local and personal scale. The headlines of the day pop up as conversation starters in our office cubicles, around the dinner table, and on the Internet.

Everyday, Christians are bombarded with issues and asked to comment.

Every believer should be prepared to answer and to give the reason for his or her hope. We should never shy away from speaking the truth BUT we should not allow others to drive our conversations with false agendas.

We need to be kingdom builders, not gullible fish biting at every baited hook.

Pay attention to Jesus.

When someone asks you today, “What do you think about the President’s stance on gay marriage?” ask them why they are interested in your opinion. If their response doesn’t make sense, then be free to have a different conversation.

Jesus always spent time having extensive conversations with honest seekers but He wasted no energy on the game players. He never let them drive the conversation or His agenda.

Stop for the sincere seekers. Listen to them and freely share the truth of Christ.

Be on guard for the game players. Don’t answer them without fielding the background of their inquiry and if it doesn’t ring true – have a different conversation.

Jesus didn’t come to drive the American political conversation, He came to die to save us from our sins and to rise again so that we can live forever.

If in the business of building His kingdom today, you are called on to speak the truth, then do it. But don’t let the media or the President or anyone else distract you from the business of building the kingdom if your assignment today is NOT about this particular conversation.

Follow Jesus. Do the work. Be wise. Listen well. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Be bold and speak up but only when led by the Holy Spirit – not when baited by those with an agenda that is not about seeking truth.

What do you think about this? Who drives the conversations in your circles? Have you studied the conversations of Jesus? If not, what are you waiting for? How do you handle people who are trying to bait you? How do you distinguish between seekers and gameplayers?

I really would like to hear from you. I think THIS is a worthwhile conversation. What do you think?


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5 Comments

    The Conversation

  1. Heather says:

    HI Lori, I shared your post on our site, http://www.herviewfromhome.com‘s facebook page. The debate is pretty heated and loved how you pointed out Biblical truths. https://www.facebook.com/HerViewFromHome

  2. sheri says:

    Lori, thank you for your stance for Jesus and His kingdom! Bring bold for His sake!
    Posted on my Timeline.

  3. sheri says:

    BEING BOLD!

  4. Thank you, both, for dropping by and for taking the time to share your encouragement!

  5. I loved your post, it is time to stand up and be bold. I agree with your not responding to bait traps. You go girl! God bless you.

    Glenda Parker