People sometimes hate to engage in “small talk.” To them, it is a terrible fate to have to go to a social gathering and just talk. When they travel, they read rather than ramble, because they don’t like to talk about unimportant things.

Small talk, however, can go a long way when it comes to reaching people for the Lord. First, small talk is important because it gives you information you need to reach people for Christ. If you ask about their church, listen attentively. If, for example, they say that they attend St. Mary’s Cathedral, you know that when you present the gospel, you will need to deal with the issue of works.

Second, small talk can lead to serious talk. When Paul came to Corinth, Luke tells us that he met a Jew named Aquila and his wife Priscilla, who had recently come from Rome. They shared a similar trade—tent making—so he spent some time working with them (Acts 18:2–3).

Although Paul gathered a lot of information about Aquila and Priscilla, he did not stay with facts; he went on to discuss their faith. We know that because, sometime later, Aquila and Priscilla went with Paul to Ephesus. Paul then went on to the area of Galatia while they stayed in Ephesus. There, Aquila and Priscilla heard Apollos, whose doctrinal development was lacking and “explained to him the way of God more accurately.” (Acts 18:26). Paul apparently had taught Aquila and Priscilla properly. In his conversations with them, he had moved from the secular to the sacred.

Small talk comes easier for some people than for others. If it is hard for you, do it out of concern for the person. Remember, small talk about the unimportant can lead to the very important.