How receptive are you when you open your door to find a smiling Jehovah Witness team? NOT! You won’t consider opening your mind to such an invasion, will you? You don’t want to converse with them – it’s not for you and you know it. You know who they are, what they represent and why they are there. You may feel wary, irritated, sad, threatened or motivated to bring them to Christ, but you don’t want what they offer.
You are so like a lost person in those moments. They too have walls, ditches and fences defending their mental fortress. Built of presuppositions, prejudices and personality, these structures hinder them from hearing you clearly when you turn a conversation toward Christ. So, what can you do to help lower such mental barriers?
One simple and powerful tactic that Jesus employed to help unlock closed minds was to ask questions. In fact, the gospels record him posing more than 170 questions, many to lost persons. Why so many? What’s the benefit of questions?
- Questions indicate your interest and care.
- Folks tend to feel more important when asked something.
- People listen far better to what you ask than to what you tell them.
- Questions often compel people to respond.
- Those who ask questions control the conversation.
- Asking the right questions can tap the emotions.
- The answer to a question can give you a better handle on how to proceed.
Be Christlike. Ask. Train others to ask.