Monday, 20 June 2016
DCLM Daily Manna, Monday June 20 2016 by Pastor Kumuyi - Aromas of God
Topic: Aromas Of God [Monday June 20, 2016]
Text: 2 Corinthians 2:12-17
Key Verse: For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish" (2 Corinthians 2:15).
It is usually difficult to ignore and resist good smells. When it has to do with food and meals, good aromas helps in salivating and stirring up appetite for the food. This is why cooks are careful to ensure that they so flavour and season their meals. Of course, we know that it is not all such meals that are necessarily tasty.
Whichever way, it is still difficult to resist the pull of a good smell. Our text describes Christians as aromas of God. They are vessels through whom God spreads the aroma of the gospel of Christ. In most cases, the sinner's only contact with the gospel is through the life and preaching of the Christian. This being the case, as Christians, we must ensure that our lives give out the right aroma. It is pertinent to examine our lives and the kind of influence our interactions have on the people we relate with.
Do our lives repel others? Do we give out such a foul smell that keep people away? Or do we live in such a way that people cannot deny or resist the pull to Christ? The underlining message is that we cannot afford to live anyhow. Just as a dead fly can cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour, so will a little foolish action taint and rubbish our testimony, causing our lives to give out a stinking and nauseating smell. Be careful how you live. Let us live so close to Christ such that He rubs off Himself on us; and when people see us, they should perceive that we have truly been with Him.
Thought for the day: It is sheer folly to allow little foolish actions to rubbish cherished Christian profession.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.