Saturday October 5, 2019 – Expressing the fragrance of Jesus

2 Corinthians 2:15  For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

I would like us to consider aroma and fragrance.  These words have to do with the sense of smell, and in a positive sense, things like food cooking, perfumes, the scent of flowers.  The things that we do – our very lives when centered in Christ – emanate the richness of our God.  And this richness is noticed by those we interact with.

Think of all the positive things that impact us – that we notice – that are helpful or make our lives richer: an encouraging word, a helpful hand, the thoughtful presence of a friend, acts of kindness.  All of these things can communicate the love of our Lord.  This opportunity we have is expressed wonderfully by Paul: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)

The day by day journey of our lives is as important as the ultimate destination.  Day by day others can experience Jesus as revealed in our attitudes, words and actions.  The more our lives reflect His ways, the more they will emanate the wondrous fragrance of our God.

Think of it!  In a world of darkness and despair He has chosen to spread His fragrance through us.  Some will recoil because they are not interested in Him.  But others will be attracted because they are responding to the work of His Spirit, drawing them to redemption.  We get to share His fragrance with all who surround us, knowing and trusting that there are those who will respond to Him.

About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Three years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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