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13/01/2022 03:00 - 14/01/2022 02:00

“For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” - 2 Cor 2:15 (NIV). 

Fragrances, or what is commonly known as perfumes, have a rich history that dates back to ancient times. They go back to over 4,000 years, and have been found in almost all great world civilizations. They mostly consist of mixtures of oil and crushed herbs or petals, which make a strong and moving scent.

Writing to the believers in Corinth, the Apostle Paul noted to them that there is a different kind of fragrance, than one of oils, expected to lead us. He refers ours as a triumphant journey to “ spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere” (vv 14). And further points out that ours is “an aroma that brings life” (vv 16). Wherever we go we take the “Good News” of the risen Christ, which is the aroma of life.

In ancient Europe the use of perfumes has been linked to infrequent bathing, especially among the wealthy class, who would splash them all over themselves to mask body odour. Our bodies when not cleansed with fresh water or moistened have a tendency to produce an odour that makes unpleasant company. That’s where a fragrance can become useful. It clears that nasty smell and makes us attractive.

In like manner, wherever we happen to be, there is a repugnant odour of death, for those that have no knowledge of Christ. They are lost. But by sharing the Good News, we become the pleasing aroma, bringing to them life.

Today, let us take that aroma of life, wherever we find ourselves that Christ is risen, and has come to give abundant life to all that believe in Him. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I take with me the aroma of life, sharing the Good News that brings life, to the lost, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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