In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse.This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on? No—but at least we don’t take God’s Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ’s presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. We get what we say straight from God and say it as honestly as we can. 2 Corinthians 2:15-17
It is because of Jesus that we have freedom and victory from our sinfulness. Like a proud papa, God leads us by the hand, showing the world his love while releasing a life-filled fragrance of hope, taking us, with dirty rags and filthy sin-stained hearts, washing us clean with the redemptive blood of his beloved Son.
No longer do we walk with our heads held down in shame; we are renewed and restored. We can daily dwell in the presence of our Father as he lovingly looks us in the face.
Out of the abundance of what we are graciously given, we can’t keep this to ourselves. We are commissioned to be a daily testimony of God’s goodness and love. I love how Paul asks if there is anyone competent to take it on. He understands his limitations. None of us has the ability on our own to be the most effective minister of truth. We can tidy ourselves up, use eloquent words, dress up our lives with “good deeds,” but if this is done without the cross’s power at work in our lives…it is worthless.
It is ONLY in the grace moments of our lives where people will see God’s love. It is only in being honest and real with our story- the struggles, the weaknesses, and the victory and recovery from our sins.
All that we are is only because we were saved.
We were rescued.
That is the sweetness of grace. That is what people will be drawn to.
In our hearts, we give off the fragrance of life in Christ.