“Stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”Titus 3:8
These words of Paul to Titus as well as his words in 2 Corinthians 2:15 (“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”) remind me of my mother. She came to personal faith in her early married years before having and raising five daughters. She expressed that prior to conversion, she felt like the path of life before her was one of darkness. Then she recounted how suddenly the light of Christ sprang forth in her life.
She told us that if she had known Jesus as her Savior before being married, she might have become a missionary. “What do you think you have been all of these years?” my sister gently challenged her. In her service to others, her teaching of the Bible, her visiting of the sick, and her giving to the poor, she made Jesus known. At her memorial service, many spoke of ways her life had touched theirs.
We may not be aware when we are “the aroma of Christ.” But as we live out life rooted and grounded in Him, the bloom will send forth the fragrance of Jesus’ love.
“Sometimes the greatest act of faith is faithfulness, staying where you’re planted.” (Craig Groeschel, 2018)
Bible In A Year
- Judges 5-6
- Psalm 111
- Romans 15-16