One day, I stopped to get gas close to my home. The ‘pay at the pump’ wasn’t working, so I went inside. As the cashier took my payment, she asked if I was having a good day. I almost replied automatically, “Yes! How about you?” Instead, I decided to be real…to be vulnerable. My father-in-law had just passed away; it was a hard day. Sharing that vulnerable part of me took our expected shallow conversation to a deeper level. In those few moments, I learned she had lost three family members to cancer that year, and another was recently diagnosed. She was hurting. I could’ve easily had a shallow conversation with her and moved on with my day but being intentional allowed her to open up.
Shallow conversations aren’t bad. In fact, they are necessary for starting relationships and serve as a springboard to spiritual conversations, but spiritual conversations happen when intentionality is present.
In Matthew 28:19-20 we see that a Christ-follower’s purpose is to go, make disciples of Christ, baptize them, and teach them to obey. The Great Commission should drive us to live with intentionality and open our eyes to the possibilities of spiritual conversations surrounding us. How can intentionality lead to spiritual conversations? Intentionality can lead to spiritual conversations by living your life with a broad scope and having a plan for spiritual conversations.