Bible Society of South Africa
Carina Francke

God in us – Day 11

His kingdom in me spreads an aroma

Bible text(s)

Victory through Christ

14But thanks be to God! For in union with Christ we are always led by God as prisoners in Christ's victory procession. God uses us to make the knowledge about Christ spread everywhere like a sweet fragrance. 15For we are like a sweet-smelling incense offered by Christ to God, which spreads among those who are being saved and those who are being lost. 16For those who are being lost, it is a deadly stench that kills; but for those who are being saved, it is a fragrance that brings life. Who, then, is capable of such a task?

2 Corinthians 2:14-16GNBOpen in Bible reader

13because God is always at work in you to make you willing and able to obey his own purpose.

Philippians 2:13GNBOpen in Bible reader

The final metaphor to make His rulership on earth “visible” in the way we live is to be an aroma or fragrance.

If you feel like a loser and a hypocrite, you should try to make the kingdom of God visible on earth by being involved with people, whilst you yourself are struggling with unsolved issues in your life. Or, you should play a supportive and spiritual role in someone’s life.

Listen to what our verse for the day has to say:

If you become one with Christ through faith, you are guaranteed to be part of God’s triumphal procession, despite discouragements or defeats. Amidst your struggle with your own weaknesses, God still uses you as an aroma to spread the knowledge of Christ in a broken world. By doing this, he declares his total involvement in your life, as well as his love for the lost, and he marches forth, unstoppable, in his triumphal procession.

You and I need not have sleepless nights over our inability to be successful with people and our own lives. Philippians 2:13 says this: God works in us to want to work and to work in such a way that he will be pleased (my paraphrase) and that includes the work on one’s own struggles and inabilities.

Our responsibility in spreading the aroma, firstly, lies in our willingness to be useful. We have to be willing to spread the aroma, so that the two mentioned groups of people could grasp the message the aroma represents, and act accordingly. For those who are lost, your aroma smells like death, a reminder of their own spiritual death. The believer, on the other hand, smells a fragrance of life, because they recognise the Source of the aroma and know that they are the incense being burnt by Christ for God.

Secondly, we have the responsibility to know more about Christ. After all, our aroma has to do with the knowledge we have about him. This knowledge involves more than his death and resurrection, it requires an intimate and committed relationship with him. It is a relationship where we obey his commandment of love, without questioning, and where we receive the promise that he will reveal himself to us (John 14:21).

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