How to Share Your Faith Using No Air
Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown's hit song, No Air, speaks to the all-consuming passion that can dominate a relationship, comparing life without the significant other to life with 'no air'...so basically, unsustainable. When a relationship is the center and focus of someone's being, life without 'the other' is empty and incomplete.
No Air is obviously addressing the romance angle of relationships. But if you set aside the romance piece momentarily, No Air can also provide a glimpse into some deeper relational insights, giving us a sense of what a vibrant, passionate relationship looks like as it becomes the focus of our lives - including our relationship with God.
The lyrics to No Air depict life apart from the relationship as similar to living in a world with no air. Once we become believers, living our lives separate and independent from the Triune God should feel like we are living in a world with no air, because God is the Source of our strength, wisdom, peace and hope - He is our Everything! In other words, He is as essential to our lives as air! When our relationship with God has become the grounding, central focus of our existence, life distanced from God will never be the soul-satisfying relational experience we crave.
Jesus uses everyday imagery to describe this essential, life-giving relationship that He calls His followers to when He talks about the vine and the branches in John 15.
Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with me. I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing. (John 15:4-5, The Message).
Apart from our relationship with God we can do nothing...life is as unsustainable as living in a world with no air.
So the next time you and your friends hear Jordin Sparks' song No Air, remember that you were made for relationship - relationship with God! Then try using the song to launch into a spiritual conversation with your friends who don't know Jesus. Here are some ideas that might help move the conversation toward God-talk:
- Challenge your friends to set aside the guy/girl relational dimension of No Air and think about the lyrics in a broader relational sense. We're all wired for deep and meaningful relationships. Ask your friends what they think are the most important elements of a deep and satisfying relationship? Love? Trust? Loyalty? Something else?
- Have you found it easy or hard to find relationships that are deep and lasting over the long haul?
- Ask your friends whether God plays a role in meeting their relational longings?
- Share from your personal experience about what a deep and meaningful relationship with God looks like. Try explaining John 15:4-5 to your unreached friends and use it as an opportunity to talk about deeper spiritual truths.
All human's long for soul satisfying, deeply meaningful relationship. And as believers we've had the amazing privilege of catching a glimpse of that kind of relationship with the God of the universe. Let your unreached friends catch a glimpse of that kind of relationship too, and share the Good News with them.
To help you Grow Deeper in your understanding of God, check out this week's Soul Fuel article The Very Breath of God.