Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The beautiful fragrance of Christ















































































Flowers of Kenya












"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved..." II Corinthians 2: 14-15a.

I thought since the Lord has brought these two verses into my life three different times in the last three weeks, and by three different sources, I should ponder them.

In going on Mission to Kenya, and telling the Maasai about Christ, we have spread the knowledge of Him in every place. Since we were talking about Christ, and His Word, I believe that we can say that we were a sweet aroma to God. Because we were teaching about His beloved Son, we were a sweet fragrance to God. Have you ever stopped to think about these verses? How do you smell to God? I believe that we can look at ourselves as a perfume diffuser.

In my kitchen I have a Bath and Body Works "Wallflower". This little contraption is a bulb-like device that holds a fragrance, and you plug it into an electrical outlet. Under heat, the fragrance that is inside of the bulb is released, and we smell the pleasant fragrance that is within.

I believe that we are the same way. Under extreme heat, the cares of the world, the difficulties of life, etc. We get to see what is inside of us. Is it a pleasant fragrance of Christ? Or a foul odor of living in the flesh?

I believe because we have been given such beautiful grace, and He has equipped us with gifts to use for Him and has given us the "Good news" of the gospel, He should be the subject of our ministry. It is not ours, but Christ's. We are to show forth His glory. To make His name famous, and glorious. To make Him the object of our love and affection, and this will shine through us.

Are you a sweet smelling fragrance to God? A diffuser that holds this treasure of sweet smelling oil is just a vessel. We are holding this "oil of great price". We, ourselves, are not the perfume! We need to get that straight, first of all. Wesley said, " God is well pleased by this perfume diffused by us."

This kind of beautiful fragrance to God would be similar to an incense that was burnt in public worship of God demonstrated in the Old Testament, or to sacrifices to God when they burned the sacrificial lamb. The Bible says it was a sweet aroma to God.

I am so happy that I could go to Kenya and spread abroad this fragrance of Christ. I hope that they will continue to smell this sweet, beautiful fragrance for a long time to come.

3 comments:

  1. Awwwhhh... that is so sweet & so true...the flowers are so gorgeous, cant believe they have so many blooming.. isnt it hot there? And I love your signature with the bird singing....it is so YOU.....♥

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  2. Thanks Sassy granny! Yes, it is very hot there, but I guess these flowers survive the heat, actually they do more than survive, they thrive in the heat!

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