When the apostle Paul stood before the Roman governor Felix and his wife, "he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come" (Acts 24:25).
But Felix was frightened by what he was hearing, and so he told Paul, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you" (verse 25). That is how a lot of people are: Go away for now. I don't want to talk about it.
That was my mother's response every time the topic turned to spiritual things. She would cut the conversation short and say, "I don't want to talk about it." Whenever we got to the topic of the meaning of life or the afterlife, she would say, "I don't want to talk about it."
I didn't want to have a confrontation with her every time I saw her. But one morning, I felt especially convicted that I needed to visit my mother and raise the subject once again. When I arrived, I told her, "I want to talk to you about eternity."
"I don't want to talk about it."
But I wasn't backing down. I said, "Mom, today we are going to talk about it."
She didn't like it. But we had the conversation, and it ultimately resulted in her making a recommitment to the Lord. I am glad we talked about it because it wasn't long afterward that she died unexpectedly.
If you know someone right now—a mom or dad, a grandfather or grandmother, or someone who is getting close to the end—and you are feeling convicted by the Holy Spirit to have that conversation, then go have it. What if it is awkward?
Then it is awkward—and it just may result in their making a commitment to Christ.