Is there something going on in your life, or the life of a friend or family member, that just does not make sense? For me, when overwhelmed by the unexpected, I can try to fix things or figure them out. Check out three things we learn from Joseph in the Christmas story.

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.

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.