This question has been floating around in my mind for the last several weeks. As I go about my day to day life, spend time with people at the nursing home, interact with my family, enjoy spiritually refreshing Sundays with our church, run errands in town . . . the question comes, will they see Jesus? Will they see His character and love shining through me?
A quote from the recent Berean Call newsletter fit so well with my thoughts . . .
Yes, indeed, what is our fragrance?
With working with essential oils in soap making, etc., one can see how the rich, concentrated fragrance permeates whatever product it is put into. Releasing its scent throughout for all to experience who come into contact with it.
The higher the amount of oil used, the richer and further-reaching the fragrance. What a parallel this is to this passage in Scripture and to our lives! Jesus Christ is the fragrance that should so fill us that it radiates through us that all can take note and see. His Spirit flowing through us and living through us.
"For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23.)
I have often pondered how to have more of His 'fragrance' . . . what predominately comes to mind is simply spending time with Him and letting Him abundantly fill my life through: Reading His Word. Praying. Meditating on Scriptures. Seeking His will though the Scriptures. Yielding to Him, moment by moment seeking to die to self and to live for Him in obedience to His Word; and more.
And then the closer we grow to Christ, the more His fragrance will flow through to all those around us!
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma." Ephesians 5:1-2