Hi friends, earlier this week I was in an Uber with a very funny, open driver. When I’m in an Uber, I like to ask the drivers how they got into driving for Uber, how long they’ve been doing it, the most interesting people they’ve met, and so on. Oftentimes they ask me what I do for work, which gives me an opportunity to share about RZIM’s mission. If they’re open, this can lead to a discussion of spiritual realities.
When she understood that I was a Christian, she then shared with me that she “prayed all the time” and often listened to Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, and Creflo Dollar. So I said, “Oh, that’s interesting. What do you think of Jesus?” She said, “No, no, no, I want to go to the man upstairs. Straight to God. The God we all believe in.”
I asked, "Well, what do you think about what Jesus said, when he stated, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”? She said, “I don’t know about that. I just want to go to the man in charge.”
I explained, “The reason we can’t go directly to the Father is because of our sin. God is perfect. God is holy. God cannot be in the presence of sin. So we need a way to be forgiven of all that we’ve done wrong. That’s why Jesus is the only way to the Father. It is because he died in our place on the cross that we can be forgiven of our sin and have a relationship with our heavenly Father. What do you think about that?”
The conversation went on until we got to our destination. It led to the opportunity to encourage her to go to a good local church, join a Bible study there, and leave her with information about RZIM’s website.
But it all took place because of good questions - about her life, about what it was like to drive for Uber, asking for her opinion on various statements and Bible verses, and so on. There’s nothing like a good question and an earnest desire to listen to start a great conversation.
What are some of your favorite questions? I’d love to learn from others how you open up conversations and get into an exploration of the deeper realities of life.