When we help a new believer to learn how to read the Scripture and pray as a daily practice, we have helped him learn that Christ actually meets with Him, opens the Word, answers his prayers. In short, Christ by His living Spirit Indwells him and teaches him. If he fails to seek this “mystical” aspect of reading the word and prayer, he may do the “exercise” but will soon lose enthusiasm.
For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” -2 Corinthians 2:15
Have you ever entered a room and suddenly are aware of a different aroma? I grew up in early years in the country. Yes, farmers, and you could tell that was their work without their having to tell us. They spent hours around the cows and hogs, and we could tell it. One could say the same about entering a florist shop. The aroma is obvious: flowers.
When Paul the apostle says Christians leave an aroma, while one may not sense it by smell, there is an aura from the presence of the Holy Spirit that makes itself known! What is it? Expressions on faces? Tone of voice? A calmness showing a relaxed demeanor? A face that shows interest in others? A smile? It is no doubt all of the above; but it’s there. And it’s often what lays the ground-work for gospel witness. Now what makes that aura?
This is a key factor in helping a new believer’s learning what it means to be a witness for his newfound Savior.