The Art of Asking and Listening! Welcome back to our online series on how to become a faith multiplier without being pushy or annoying. So far, we’ve looked at the difference we can make when we tap into the power of prayer and intentional kindness. When we remember to pray first and practice the art of intentional kindness, we will see all kinds of “doors” open up for greater gospel conversations. And as we take this next step and think about those conversations, we need to also remember the art of asking and listening.
I don’t know about you, but I have never convinced anyone to follow Jesus by winning an argument. Though the facts may be on our side as believers, people are often pushed away when we start unloading a bunch of facts on them. The time for facts and biblical truth will come, but rarely at the beginning of a conversation. Consider instead, how you can use questions and good listening to prepare a person to receive the facts and truth.
This will take time and patience, but asking and listening are ways to prepare the “soil” for the “seeds” of the gospel. When someone says that they do not believe in Jesus or the Bible, instead of debating, ask questions to find out why they don’t believe. Asking and listening will help you understand where a person is coming from and how you can help them think through why they don’t believe and how to see things differently. And at the same time, you are demonstrating that you genuinely care, which will “earn” you the privilege of sharing the truth.