“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’!