The number one complaint I here from believers who do not witness is that they are unsure how to start the conversation. I have found that every individual is different and that good advice for one may be bad advice for another; however, I will give some suggestions.
Want to talk about Jesus.
This weekend I had a few hours to myself so I started a new show on Netflix. If you have spent much time with me, I have talked about Iron Fist. I have talked about story arcs and character building and action sequences and faithfulness to the comics. I will fit it into a discussion that it has no business being in, because I want to talk about it. On the other hand, Christ belongs in every conversation, yet it is hard to muster the courage to talk about Him. I’m not finding way to talk about Him because He is not staying supreme in my heart.
Avoid cheesiness or the “Jesus Juke”
Jon Acuff is a wonderful Christian writer who lives in Franklin, TN. He talks often on twitter and in his books about the “Jesus Juke.” This is when someone takes something not intended to be spiritual and converts it into a metaphor or some other spiritual message all while the listeners murder that “juker” in their hearts. For instance, one might have some amazing bread over lunch. Do not shift that into a conversation about the Bread of Life. Cheesiness kills seriousness. Witnessing should be serious.
Be natural and honest.
Either allow the conversation to naturally flow to spiritual things (it can and will happen) or move it there without the cheesy coverup. Conversations of the world’s problems are easy to bridge to the gospel. Other topics my not be as easy. Sometimes you may not need to transition. Maybe the easiest thing is to say, “I have something very important to ask you…” Often, I think we overthink it. We want to find the perfect transition topic and statement when we could change the topic to spiritual things and no one be caught off guard.
Whatever your method, be working to transition your conversation to spiritual things this week. May the Lord of the Harvest send forth laborers into His harvest.