“The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4
Let’s talk for a moment about spiritual conversations. Does it frustrate you when others don’t buy into what you’re saying? When something makes so much sense to you and they just don’t get it, does it bother you? And, how do you deal with that? Do you get mad and start arguing? Do you just give up and refuse to bring it up again? Or do you put the conversation on pause and pray for a more teachable moment?
“Fishers of men” must never forget the nature of a spiritual conversation about Jesus Christ. It is never simply a sterile academic discussion about incidental facts revolving around the historical events of the cross and resurrection. Conversations about Jesus Christ convict the heart, confront the mind, and challenge the will. Responding to the gospel message actually leads to a new birth, forgiveness, and the resurrection of one’s dead spirit. It is no wonder that the “god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving.” Satan is afraid of what will happen when a person receives Jesus Christ, so, he’s doing what he can to keep that from happening.
So, when you’re sharing the gospel with someone, never forget the nature of the conversation. It’s a battle over the mind and heart. If they don’t get it, it’s because they’ve been blinded. Don’t give up on them. Let their rejection of the truth prompt you to pray for them. Look for future opportunities to talk more. And in the meantime, be an accurate representation of how the gospel changes a person. In other words, make sure your life smells like one who has been given eternal life. That’s what “fishers of men” do.
“For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” 2Corinthians 2:15