Devotional: ‘The Fragrance of Christ’

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Acts 26:1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You may speak in your defense.”So Paul, with a gesture of his hand, started his defense: 2 “I am fortunate, King Agrippa, that you are the one hearing my defense against all these accusations made by the Jewish leaders, 3 for I know you are an expert on Jewish customs and controversies. Now please listen to me patiently! 6 Now I am on trial because I am looking forward to the fulfillment of God’s promise made to our ancestors. NLT

Paul’s journey to Rome was a long ordeal. He was sent from one official to the next and at one point he was kept in prison for two years before his hearing. Yet Paul did not let these obstacles hinder him. Instead he saw obstacles as opportunities.

At the moment of his arrest he asked for an opportunity to speak to the crowd. When he was given that opportunity he told them about Jesus. Later he was required to stand before the Jewish Sanhedrin and once again he used it as an opportunity to talk about Christ. Then he was sent to stand trial before the Roman governors Felix and Festus and still yet again he turned the conversation to Jesus. Because Paul kept a proper perspective on life, God was able to use him in a powerful way. At one point in his life one of his accusers said – ‘Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.’ (Acts 26:28)

Wherever Paul went and whoever he talked to, he sought to leave behind the fragrance of Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:14 But thanks be to God, who made us his captives and leads us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume. 15 Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those being saved and by those perishing. 16 To those who are perishing we are a fearful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved we are a life-giving perfume.  (NLT)

Paul said, “Wherever we go, God uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume.” What a great ambition for every believer. Determine today to leave behind the fragrance of Christ. Let your life be before others like a sweet perfume.

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