I am a fly fisherman. In tying (creating) a fly, I’ve learned to include some flash or color to get the fish’s attention. In the same way, God’s people are meant to get the world’s attention through our exemplary lives. We want to hear from you! Would you take a 4-minute survey to give me feedback on my blog? Thank you. 

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!
 

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.

Last year on a plane, I sat next to a young man (we’ll call him Tim). We started talking about Christianity and church. “I am really turned off on church,” he said. “I overheard some of my parents’ church friends talking about political issues related to gay marriage and immigration in really hateful terms. I thought, ‘If that’s what it means to be a Christian, I don’t want it.’”

Here are some roadblocks to having a positive Kingdom impact...what can we do to avoid them?

How would you rate your love and motivation for people who do not yet know Jesus? What do you do to look for lost “sheep,” people around you who would never make it “home” if not for someone going out of their way to find them?

We’ve been talking about what the Christian response is to a culture that seems to be slipping away from a biblical worldview and life. I want to leave us with one final, important thought on how our culture may be changed.

Many of you have heard that one of the main purposes for salt in the first century was as a preservative – to slow the rotting of perishable foods.  At a conference I visited recently, I heard an interesting take on this preserving role of believers in our world.

When I read the news or watch an update on TV and hear the stories of murder, terror, or civil unrest, I can find myself vacillating between fear, anger, or despair. Do you ever feel powerless or that nothing you do will matter?

In recent years, it seems that in some parts of the Body of Christ we can see a kind of polarization taking place.