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12/02/2024 - 13/02/2024 All day

“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).

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.

Our bodies when not cleansed with fresh water or moistened have a tendency to produce an odor that makes un pleasant 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 odor of darkness, for those that have no knowledge of Christ. They are lost. But by sharing the Good News, we  bring life and become the pleasing aroma, bringing to them joy.

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.

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

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  • 26/02/2024 - 27/02/2024 All day

    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!