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Scared to share your faith?

In a Roman triumphal procession, the Roman general would burn a cloud of incense to represent his treasures and captives. To the victors, the smell was pleasant — full of life. To the captives, the smell was foul — full of death. 

Paul uses the metaphor of the Roman general’s aromas as a representation of people who are saved, and people who die in their sin. As believers, the Gospel is good news, full of sweet fragrance to be shared. To non-believers, however, it can be repulsive news, a reminder of their own sin with a deathly smell to it. 

Do we sometimes fear the deathly smell, allowing people’s foul reactions to hold us back from spreading the good news of the Gospel? 

God wants our focus to be on what He can do through us, not what we can do on our own. 

Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 2:16 that our “adequacy” comes from God alone, asking us “who is equal to such a task?” 2 Corinthians 3:5 says, “It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own, our qualification comes from God” (NLT). God has commissioned His believers and enabled us with the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20). God wants our focus to be on what He can do through us, not what we can do on our own. 

When we realize that God enables us to be useful to His Kingdom, we are able to overpower those feelings of incompetence and spread the Good News against the aroma of the stink!


  • When was one time you hesitated to share the Gospel because you were worried about how the person might react? 
  • What is one way God has equipped you to spread the Gospel? Allow Him to work through you and against the foul smell. 
  • How can Matthew 28:18-20 give you the courage to share your faith?

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