“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.”
II Corinthians 2:14-17 NKJV
In my life before Jesus, I had many friends. I went to parties and regularly entertained with my humor. I was a fun drunk. For many I was approachable. When my sins were forgiven, I began to change. Suddenly I was far less entertaining, and I noticed that many of the people that I had known previously, wanted nothing to do with me. For years I could not understand.
One Sunday morning, my Sunday school class went through the passage above and I began to put it all together. There was a new smell about me. For the lost surrounding me, I smelled like death, a constant reminder of where they were going, of the fact that they were sinful. For those being saved, I was the delightful smell of Heaven to come, alluring, attracting to the saving grace of the Lord.
Over the years I have been startled as I encounter similar extremes of reaction amongst people who profess to be Christians. As I have grown in the faith and become more dependent on God to survive each passing day, I have found myself increasingly marginalized. In our world grounded in the flesh, walking in the Spirit is like walking against the flow of humanity walking the other way. I think my devotion highlights the lack in others who are not fully trusting God.
We are in a time of testing. The situations we are facing cannot be dealt with by human industry or effort, but by the supernatural power of God. In the midst of all of this, I have learned that I have nothing to add. I have no opinions to offer, no solutions, no human wisdom. I only have the word of God.
I am amazed how the Holy Scriptures are so current as we face crisis after crisis. As it is written in Ecclesiastes, there is nothing new under the sun. I choose each day to walk in the Spirit as I face daily problems. My life in Christ is made real, as I live it out. The longer I live, the more I realize how overwhelmingly practical it is.
My brothers and sisters, dwell less on the things that can overwhelm, and more on the word of God. Let your breath be less used to complain, and better used to pray and praise your King. Surrender fear for faith.
You who are the called, have been saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. The power of that great salvation is real. If you neglect it, you will surely reap the whirlwind of unstable emotions and prolonged fear. All the things we are seeing today are just a warmup for what is to come. If you are overwhelmed now, you will be hopelessly lost then.
Seek the Lord today, let the fragrance of Christ permeate you and flow freely. Many will turn from you, but some will be drawn to the enticing aroma of salvation in Jesus. Live as though your faith is truly real. I thank my God daily for the prolonged hardship that I have endured. I cling to Jesus daily and survive by the power of the Holy Spirit. Everyday is a battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.
Make this a day that belongs to the Lord. Turn off the news, delete the videos and open your bible. GUARD YOUR HEART AND MIND! Live as if you actually believe that God is sovereign.
May your smell be the fragrance of Christ and not the smell of fear.
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