12th February 2018

Be Still and Know - 'Our Lives Are A Christ-like Fragrance Rising Up To God'

(from www.premierchristianradio.com)

 

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"Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing."

 

2 Corinthians 2:15 NLT

 

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I invite you to join me on a journey into Lent. The word itself means ‘lengthen’ and reminds us of the season of springtime as the hours of daylight grow longer. It also speaks of the light that increasingly displaces the darkness, symbolic of Jesus’ incarnation, death and resurrection in defeating the principalities and powers of evil.

 

Last summer, as I mentioned earlier, I decided to clear a long and large hedge of Cypress trees to make space for a vegetable plot. The trees had stood for many years with branches interwoven and thick with age. Having cleared all the branches with no more than a pruning saw, I used a chainsaw to bring down the trunks. Nothing prepared me for the sweet aroma that was released by each trunk as the saw felled it; a perfume that was pleasant and rich, which lingered on in the air.

 

I reflected on the choices we have, that even in adversity it’s possible to release the sweet aroma of Christ. While people look on empathetically yet grateful that my difficulties are not theirs, there is opportunity for the fragrance of Christ to overwhelm them and hopefully present some critical questions about the truth of the gospel and the reality of Messiah within disappointment. This is surely the message of Calvary; naked brutality and human torture releasing the fragrance of hope and redemption. Remarkably, the reality of Jesus is often found in the most appalling of life experience.

 

In preparing for Lent, we are invited to focus less upon sacrifice than on celebrating hope. Hope lifts our spirits and cannot help but prove contagious to those around us. We in no way marginalise the enormity of Christ’s sacrifice; rather, remembering those sawn-off trunks, we can reflect on the fragrance that is released through brokenness. The fragrance reminds us that through brokenness new life, new hope, new opportunity and new nourishment can be birthed.

 

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QUESTION

 

In what ways is the fragrance of Christ being released through your life, whether in struggles or in successes?

 

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Lord of all light, may in these dark days the light of Christ shine ever more brightly through your people.

 

 

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