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?

I was a sophomore in college when it happened. My life changed . . .

Jesus’ calling applies to and empowers every believer. It’s not just pastors, cross-cultural missionaries and “super-Christians” who can really know Him and make a difference in the world. It’s you and me! God sent us as “missionaries” right where we live, work, and play.

A while back, I heard a leader ask his group to share the last time they led someone to Christ. You could feel the tension—some had never had the opportunity to do that. But then the speaker explained his new daily goal: to touch one person’s life every day so that they would be led toward Jesus.

When we talk with not-yet-believing people, do we spend more time focused on their sin (where they are missing the mark of God’s best) or upon the goodness and incredible nature of the Gospel?

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?

Sometimes the “good Christian life” is just plain busy. We find ourselves in a rut, or some would say, a “bubble,” surrounded by other Christians and not quite sure how to deal with those in our lives who haven’t yet decided to follow Jesus. What does it look like to have authentic, fun, and lasting friendships with people who don’t yet have a relationship with God, to the extent that you’d make their top five when times get tough?