“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise.” Proverbs 13:20
Children learn to speak and relate to others by listening and observing people talk. In the beginning, a Mom will prompt her child to repeat a word over and over again until he gets it. She will then point at an object and identify what it is, repeatedly, until the child can speak the word. This is a slow and tedious process that takes lots of time but is so effective and absolutely essential if the child is ever to learn to communicate.
Over time, while the child masters vocabulary and grammatical lessons of communication, he will be listening to people talk. The child will pick up mannerisms, conversation nuances, and begin to see communication as more than merely making noises or passing on words to another. Watching people interact teaches one how to use words to pass on ideas, feelings, dreams, and truth.
Kids are so attentive and it’s amazing how fast they pick up on these things. This mentoring process in communication usually results in the child speaking just like their parents. And as you parents well know, that can prove to be very embarrassing. They become a mirror of our own communication skills.
Sharing the gospel with another person involves communication skills. It’s one thing to know and understand the basic elements of the gospel message but quite another thing to effectively communicate it to someone else. That’s where watching and learning from others comes in.
“Fishers of men” must be on the look out for others who are effective in sharing their faith. It’s important that we spend time with them, observe them, and listen to them as they are sharing the gospel. By doing so, you’ll pick up and hone communication skills that will enhance your ability to share your faith.
Solomon said, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise.” Fishers of men understand that this lesson is not optional. Personal growth, especially in the area of communication, requires the input of others. Solomon also knew that as one becomes wise it will result in our becoming much more effective in sharing our faith. He said, “He who is wise wins souls.” Proverbs 11:30
So what are you waiting for? Think about that person you know who seems to be so effective in sharing their faith. Approach them and ask them to teach you what they have learned. Watch them closely. Learn from them. And then go tell somebody about Jesus.
You’ll be glad you did.