“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
When I lived in South Africa, many years ago, we had a jasmine creeper near near the house. Every evening as the sun was starting to go down, our garden and house were filled with the beautiful, powerful scent of the tiny white jasmine flowers. Despite the mosquitoes and creepy crawlies that would come in if we left the windows open, I couldn’t bear to close them, because I loved that scent wafting through the house.
This morning I had woken up feeling as though I had allowed some of personal circumstances to crowd in on me.
I was reading 2 Corinthians this morning, and that jasmine creeper, from years ago came to mind. I was struck with this thought – the jasmine started to release its fragrance as the darkness was falling. Most other flowers close up their petals and ‘hide their faces’ in the dark.
Writing to the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul says that because we belong to Jesus, God “uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere”.
When hard times and ‘darkness’ seem to press in on us, we can lift our faces to Him in worship. Like that Little jasmine flower, we release a sweet smelling fragrance when we worship God in our dark times as well as our good times – for no other reason other than that He is worthy! Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
When we do this we also show unbelievers just who it is that we place our trust in. Dark times, or hard times, are an opportunity to ‘put your faith where your mouth is and to “strengthen yourself in the Lord”, as David did. (1 Samuel 30:6) When you do this, you release something wonderful – a sweet smelling fragrance that reaches the lives of others around you.
And as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:5,6: “For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”
We are called to be both a light in this dark world and a sweet smelling fragrance, everywhere we go, even (ESPECIALLY) when things feel dark for us – proclaiming His goodness, His faithfulness, His salvation. Bringing hope!
When we do this, we are truly a sweet smelling fragrance to God.
I believe God leaves His ‘windows’ open, to let that sweet smelling fragrance into His courts!
Let’s be bringers of hope – a sweet smelling fragrance, everywhere we go today!