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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
In a Roman triumphal procession, the Roman general would display his treasures and captives amidst a cloud of incense burned for the gods. To the victors, the aroma was sweet; to the captives in the parade, it was the smell of slavery and death. When Christians preach the Good News, it is good news to some and repulsive news to others. Believers recognize the life-giving fragrance of the message. To nonbelievers, however, it smells foul, like death—their own. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 – 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. Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those being saved and by those perishing. 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. And who is adequate for such a task as this?
Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. –2Corinthians 2:14 (NRSV)
Timothy Austin (Istanbul, Turkey) titled his story “THE AROMA OF CHRIST;” here is a portion of Timothy’s story:
“. . . As the scent of a rose conjures up a pleasant memory, our lives of service are meant to remind people of God’s love and care for them. What could be more pleasing to our Creator?”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What am I doing to remind others of God’s love?
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to be joyful imitators of Jesus Christ. May our lives give off the fragrance of Christ to those who may need a reminder of how much you care for them. Amen.
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