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The Fragrance of Christ

The Fragrance of Christ
An Aroma of Life

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)

It seems just about every year there is another cologne or perfume debuting on the market.  Each one is released by some star and is composed of a unique blend of ingredients and is given some special name.  Examples such as, "L" by Gwen Stephanie, "Someday" by Justin Bieber, and "Circus Fantasy" befittingly by Britney Spears are just a few of the many.  

Q:    So with so many choices of fragrances what would be the best choice for us to wear and for others to remember us by?  

Well, sorry Britney it isn't Circus Fantasy.  We are actually told in Scripture 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 (2Cor. 2:15-16 NKJV).

Wow!  Talk about a powerful smell to the one we are the aroma of death, and to the other we are the aroma of life.  So what determines whether we are an aroma of death or life?  Well, you have heard beauty is the eye of the beholder, and this is much the same.  Life or Death is in the choice of the person receiving or denying the gospel message.  

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: John 1:12 (NKJV)

So as we live our lives wholly submitted to God and we abide in Him, others will be impacted to want to know Jesus and as such we become an aroma of life to them.  For others who choose to see Jesus in us and yet choose to continue to live for their own fleshly desires we become a light exposing their dark deeds and ultimately we make up an aroma of death.

This is important for us to know because we can sometimes become lulled into complacency in our Christian walk - perhaps never realizing the impact we can have on others.  If we choose not to walk with the Lord after we have been given much then we must realize there will be no aroma of life emitting from us and we will smell just as the unbelieving world does.

I want to encourage you today to put on the fragrance of Christ.  Seek the Lord and submit to His plan for your life.  Ask Him to lead and guide you in every aspect of your life.  You will smell different than the world and others will notice.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 1:12 how many have the right to be saved become children of God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you known for having the fragrance of Christ?

APPLICATION: Keep you mind and heart fixed upon the Lord and allow Him to wash you with the water of His Word.  

Father, thank You for washing me with the water of Your Word.  Thank You for cleaning the filth and smell of this world off of me.  Help me to be an aroma of life to those around me today.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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