“Fragrance“, the title of Pastor Doug’s newsletter for September 25, 2013, can be downloaded here or read below. His newsletter can be received via email by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His daily word of encouragement can be read by connecting with him on Facebook. Please join us for worship at Living Faith Fellowship each Sunday at the Merryman Performing Arts Center in Kearney, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.
I smile as I go to buy some aftershave/cologne and ask to see the most expensive and the most popular. I was shocked to see that a bottle of this stuff, a few oz’s, costs close to $100, for what….smell…..then I realize that a certain generation of men don’t wear aftershave or cologne…..soooooo. Buy the way, I did not buy any of that costly stuff and stayed with the kind my dad wore which still costs only $6.00.
I was reading in 2 Corinthians this AM and was challenged that the Christ follower is the “fragrance” of Christ to those they are around. 2 Cor. 2:14,15 says, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing…”
Now, I like sweet aroma’s don’t you? Especially the aroma that Paul is talking about here, Christ followers who daily represent Christ with their character, their speech and their thought life. Men and women of faith who allow the “fruit of the Spirit” to richly flow in them to overflowing that the fragrance of God’s beauty would flow through us to touch others for His glory.
You know friends, “ALL” it costs for us to be the fragrance of Christ amongst people is faithful obedience to His Word and surrender of our spirit to His!!!! Now that’s a tall order but truly worth it as we live in a “stinky” world.
I would appreciate your prayers. This coming Monday I and five others from our church will be traveling to Delhi, India to teach, train and serve alongside Deepak and Anuja Lal. God has raised this couple up to start schools in slums, open orphanages and work with church planting pastors along the whole northern are of India. We will be gone for 10 days and very busy during this time, so we would appreciate your prayer support friends.
Have a great day and may the fragrance of Christ flow through each of our lives for His glory!