Thursday, December 31, 2015

Will They See Jesus?

Several days ago, I found this post in my drafts folder . . . I had written it last summer, but it was never posted! It seems especially fitting to share now at the eve of a New Year . .  .


"Will They See Jesus?"

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 . . .

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What Do We Smell Like?

One of the many things I love about God’s Word is the wonderfully significant teachings that are wrapped up in a simple word or phrase. In 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 we find: “For we are unto God a sweet [aroma] of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the [aroma] of death unto death; and to the other the [aroma] of life unto life.”
No need to elaborate here. Whether we are among believers or the lost, what is our fragrance?
T. A. McMahon

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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

6 comments:

  1. Truly something to ponder...we may be the only Bible someone may read, or the only Jesus someone will see. What are people seeing...what is our fragrance.
    God's blessings to you in the coming year. Hugs, Anne ♥

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  2. Sarah, your words really touched me. It is easy to get caught up in our own lives and our own problems and to forget what we are portraying to others.

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  3. I have missed reading your posts. Hope all is well with you and your family. I have spent the last few moments browsing your Niobrara Farms shop and can't wait to place my order. :) Have a wonderful week.

    Angela

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  4. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Mrs. Anne, and for all that you shared! It was a blessing to me. May God bless you as well!

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  5. I am so glad that it could be a blessing to you, Elizabeth! I know what you mean about it being easy to get caught up in our own lives and problems . . . thank you for sharing that and the good reminder it is!

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  6. Thank you, Angela, for your kind comment! It has been a little quiet around here lately, hasn't it? :) I hope to have a new post up soon!

    Things are well with us here, thank you! Your soap bar is on its way to you. :) Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful week as well!

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)