I enjoy action films—where things blow up, kidnappings happen, and heroic rescues win the day! That’s where I learned the phrase “proof of life.” So how does this relate to our current series on living a powerful, full life in Christ?

Do you have a friend who always seems to ask “conversation stoppers”? You know, accusations, declarations, or questions about aspects of Christianity that can trip us up or tongue tie us. If you are like me, after that kind of conversation-stopping experience, I find myself saying, “Lord, why didn’t I know the answer to that question? I let you down.”

Let me whet your appetite for some very practical ideas that Michael frosts writes about in Surprise the World, to help us move towards the people God has placed around us. These are good!
 

What is it that 99 percent of people possess? I’m sure you thought of several things. The one I’m thinking of is neighbors. Most people live in some kind of neighborhood—yes, an apartment complex counts! What can you do right now, for those people in your neighborhood to get started being a light in their worlds?

Over the next few posts (starting today!) we’ll look at some simple tools to help you begin to engage with those God has placed in your lives, for His purposes. It helps me to remember—nothing happens by accident. Those people I encounter in the “normal pathways of my life” are there by His perfect design and purpose.

Have you ever experienced challenges with a boss where you were not seeing eye to eye? Paul’s words in Colossians 3 were a huge source of guidance and comfort during a number of work situations early in my work life.

God, through His instrument Paul, offers some most challenging applications for husbands and wives. If we are to “put on new clothes” and live in a way that reflects the gospel’s influence in our lives, these will do it!

If we do these three things, our lives will begin to more fully reflect Jesus. People will see the change and speak of the new wardrobe that characterizes our lives, and Jesus will be honored.

While our inner life is of utmost importance in our spiritual journey, it is our behavior (how we dress up) that our friends and family see and determines how legit they believe Jesus to be. Imagine what the world would be like if every believer in Jesus lived as if they had put on some brand-new clothing.

How we live doesn’t earn us merit with God, but how we live does matter, as a changed life will look different than what our broken world produces. A broken world needs the fragrant aroma of Jesus, which they will only see in our lives.