ATB 27 Fragrance

The morning starts out early.  We begin another day I would image with the thought that it’s time to get going.  Our routines are varied and are for each us followed daily out of habit.

A part of this daily routine is of course getting dressed.  With this part of our daily routine for some of us we may stop and make time to put a splash or a dash of perfume or cologne on.  After all we may want to have that little extra something that makes us stand out amongst the crowd.

Fragrances such as perfumes and or colognes have been a part of our society it would seem from the very beginning of time.  We all I feel confident in saying have purchased our share of said perfumes or colognes. The fragrance industry in and of itself is a multi billion dollar business.  It would seem that several times a day we are seeing endless commercials about one fragrance or another.  In particular during holidays and those special occasions we find that fragrances of all kinds are purchased.

It has been said that a fragrance has an aroma that makes it distinctive and very noticeable.  An aroma that we are hopeful will have a positive impact on those that we come in contact with each day.  Each of us in some shape or form wants to be noticed.  We want to be acknowledged and in some cases complimented for that aroma that introduces or confirms our presence.

While we may seek out a fragrance that appeals to us and hopefully to others I have found myself giving thought as to what kind of fragrance from the lives that we live as Christians introduces or defines the presence of our savior in our life?

I am reminded of the words of encouragement from 2 Corinthians 2:15“For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

The fragrance of Christ was unique and unmatched.  In my mind I find myself thinking that the very first aroma that emanated from Christ was that of love.  For those who came into his presence they immediately noticed that aroma of love from our savior.  A love that truly did not judge and a love that did not discriminate.  Love not for one, but for all.

As well I would image that the fragrant aroma of Christ was also of compassion and redemption. For we as Christians know that Christ did not come into the world to condemn it but to save the world.

This daily commitment to living our lives as Christians is not going to be easy.  If we are to be truthful, more and more every day it seems to be one challenge after another.  But no matter what the world may present before us, our mission is not to be conformed to the ways of this world.  But to as scriptures admonishes us to be transformed daily by the renewal of our minds.  To be more like Christ and less like the world.  To project that fragrant aroma of our Lord and savior to a world that seemingly has the aroma more about self, and not the needs of others.

The fragrance of Christ while perhaps not describable is easily identifiable. To those who are in Christ and of him we then are called to be as Ephesians 5:1-2 declares to therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

The fragrance of our Lord and savior.  May each of us each morning as we arise and prepare to go about our day, add to our walk that aroma that others recognize is reflective of not who we are but whose we are.

To God Be The Glory

Alan T. Black

 

 

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About dupree73

I was raised and grew up in the United Methodist Church. While I do proudly embrace my background and personal history within the United Methodist Church, I do feel that ultimately what is important is not the denomination that you are a part of. What matters most is the relationship that you have with the Lord. Part and parcel to any relationship is the level of commitment that one makes to it. With any and all relationships they are going to take time to grow. Through the years if I were to describe my relationship with the Lord using one word it would be “transformation.” Continuing to grow daily in my walk with the Lord, and as well continue to display the fruits of his spirit daily is for me what my life is all about. Frankly for these times, my attitude and belief is that the world is looking at those who are Christians to see if in fact their talk does indeed match their walk. As for me, my goal is to on a daily basis to be that individual who by virtue of their talk and their walk is by nature “peculiar.” If then by chance this way of living does indeed glorify the Lord, then my life indeed is destined to make a difference.
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