Aroma of Christ
Today's Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 2:14-15, James 1:22, Matthew 26:69-75
2 Corinthians 2:14-15 (ESV): But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,
James 1:22 (TPT): Don’t just listen to the Word of Truth and not respond to it, for that is the essence of self-deception. So always let his Word become like poetry written and fulfilled by your life!
Matthew 26: 69-73 (NLT): Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.” But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.Or Jesus the Nazarene.” Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said. A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.”
The common theme in all of these verses is identifying with Jesus. I saw something different this Easter while studying Scriptures, and I realized that even though Peter fulfilled prophecy by denying Jesus, more amusing is the fact that they could tell that He was one of Jesus’s men. That says quite a lot! Peter could have decided to “twist” his identity, so no one would easily remember that he was with the One who was crucified. But everything was the same – his accent, his lifestyle – everything. In today’s verse in James, we also learn that our lives should be the poetry of the gospel.
The question to us is what are we doing with our lives to project the gospel? We would preach the GOOD NEWS with our lips, but we need to prove the GOOD NEWS with our lives. A song by for KING & COUNTRY called “The Proof of Your Love” says, “Let my life be the proof – the proof of your love” and that is our prayer and heart’s desire today.
Prayer Point: Father, let my life be the proof of your love. Help me, by the power of Your Spirit within me, to write and fulfill the poetry of your Word by my life. Cause me to indeed be the unmistakable aroma of your victory everywhere that I find myself in Jesus name. Amen.