The Smell Of Fresh Bread

28th January

But thank God! He has made us His captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now He uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God….

2 Corinthians 2:14-15a

Have you ever experienced the smell of freshly baked bread? There is nothing like it. It conjures up so many feeling of both nostalgia (remembering the good times you had eating freshly baked bread), and an overwhelming mouth-watering sensation that slowly leads your hand into your wallet, reaching for your money, to buy the bread and satisfy your cravings. On the contrary, have you ever tasted bread that is stale or that has not been touched for a few weeks? It’s dry, tasteless and dull. Moreover, it would probably make you sick. Now, picture our lives as the same.

Paul describes our journey with Christ as a triumphal procession, whereby everywhere we go, we spread the goodness of both the knowledge of God and the evidence of Him in our lives like a sweet perfume or fragrance. Much like the freshly baked bread illustration, we too can have that affect on people. People can become so hungry for God, so thirsty for His words, by the fragrance we give off.

Yet so often we live on yesterday blessings. We celebrate God’s goodness for yesterday and don’t allow ourselves to get excited about what God wants to do today in our lives. Sometimes we can get so consumed in yesterday’s blessings that we become like stale bread, tasteless, dull and inedible. Our challenge is to be filled daily with more of the Holy Spirit, more of the knowledge of God’s love for us and His world and ask the Lord, what is my ‘today’s blessing?’ Praise God that His mercies are new every morning.

May you be a sweet smelling fragrance to God and to others. May your light shine before men, that the Father may be glorified. May you live in ‘today’s blessings’!

Remain In My Love

27th January

 

I have loved you even as the Father has loved Me. Remain in My love……..I have told you these things so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is My commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

John 15:9, 11-12

Here is a good way to start your day, by reading Jesus’ words in John 15 v 9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved Me!!!” In fact so great is that news, that even Jesus Himself said that, because of that knowledge, we will be filled with great joy…. Wait there’s more; not only filled with joy, but that we will overflow with joy. That is incredible. If Jesus says that the knowledge of Him loving us will fill us with overflowing joy, then surely that is something we should be excited about. Moreover, it is most definitely something we need to keep reminding ourselves of when we walk through dark valleys in our lives, and when we feel so distant and so far from Him. We must remind ourselves that the Creator of the universe loves US.

That knowledge is enough to bring a smile to anyone’s day…Yet there is more. Our relationship status with the Creator of the universe is not just someone who is loved, but also, we are known as His friends. Verse 14 tells us this, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” Well, what does Jesus command? The answer is found in today’s key verse….This is My commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” Our commandment is to love others with the same love we have been loved with. That means first, we must know how much God loves us, second, accept His love, third, love yourself (not in vanity but in knowing who God has made you to be) and finally, loving others with the same love God loves us with.

Finally, to top it all off, Jesus says that it is He who chose us. He loved us first. He loved us while we were still sinners. And yet He still chose to lay His life down for us. Today, know this, you are loved by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You are His friend. May that knowledge fill your hearts with overflowing joy.