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.

Good news! You don’t have to be a preacher or evangelist to share the Gospel. The same God who brought physical light to our world at the beginning, has now put a new light in the hearts of every believer. It is Jesus-light, embodied in weak, normal, everyday, broken human beings, which Paul refers to as “jars of clay.”

There are some practical ways that us normal people (the non-preachers and non-evangelists) can bring the good news of Christ into our everyday worlds. Practical Way #2 is the power of affirmation. Even Jesus did this!

Most of us are not going to preach to thousands in filled stadiums, and most of us are not persuasive communicators or able to winsomely convince someone of his or her need for Christ in a single sitting. Here are some practical ways the rest of us (the non-preachers and non-evangelists) can bring the good news of Christ into our everyday worlds.

Perhaps sometime today (or even as you read the title of this post) God’s Spirit brought someone to mind who would benefit from your encouragement to know and walk with Jesus. This can be intimidating. Where do you start in terms of helping your friend spiritually? Here are three practical starting points.

The most natural tendency in us all is to just try harder to act in a way that smells sweet. To dress ourselves up. To act the right ways with each group of people we interact with.  The problem with behavior modification is it leads to hypocrisy.

Jesus lived among us, and He knows from first-hand experience that we as people are messed up! I am! Do you realize that you need help, too?

How we "smell," how people experience us, is a direct result of our heart health. Good or bad. I’ve had the privilege of knowing a few cardiologists. Each of them would tell you, “as goes the heart, so goes the rest of the body.” Heart health is important!

This past week, as I walked into the garage, an offensive odor hit my nostrils. Ugh! Something was dead somewhere in the garage. I ended up being late for an appointment and didn’t find the dead critter until later that evening.

It makes me think. Would our believing and (even more important) not-yet-believing friends say that the character and disposition of our lives are a pleasant aroma that points people to Jesus?