Found Objects, Art and Poetry
Being on mission in everyday life it is sometimes hard to start the needed conversation that brings Jesus to the fore. Last spring our church did a course about being on mission and how to approach people. What I learned was – it is about our own personal message. Allowing the Holy Spirit, inviting the Holy Spirit to fill the space, provide the words and make the moment come alive in Christ. Talking, writing and meeting people has always been easy for me as it was shown to me a very long time ago that at our core we are just people trying to do our thing and not cause problems for others. We all want the same things – to be happy, healthy and care for our family. It’s really simple as long as those concepts / principals are kept close at heart. Jesus, does this for us – if we let Him.
The technique that works for now is to approach someone about music. Ask them a simple question – do you like good music? Is someone going to say “No, I only listen to terrible music.” The door just opened. Now, how to engage them from here?
Paul teaches us a great lesson.
Acts 17 NKJV
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious;
23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:
TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:
24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth does not dwell in temples made with hands.
25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.
26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and he boundaries of their dwellings,
27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’
29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.
30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,
31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”