4 Minute Devotions: Plugged In

Spreading the Gospel is God’s way of sweetening the world. Paul describes Christian witnessing as a fragrance pleasing to God and attractive to others. A short reflection on 2 Corinthians 2:14.

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2 Corinthians 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.

My wife Evelyn likes to use those plug-in air fresheners all over the house. Each month, we buy new ones that smell like southern peaches, mountain air, or fresh fruit blossom. These air fresheners spread a sweet fragrance all over our home and Evelyn delights in them. It’s just one of those special things that makes her feel at ease when visitors call.

In the Old Testament, the sacrifices were proclaimed as having odors that were pleasing to God. In the New Testament, no such sacrifices were necessary because Jesus gave His life for our sins. The Gospel itself became the sweet smelling fragrance that pleased God, as knowledge about Christ was spread throughout the Roman Empire. We continue that process today when we share our beliefs with other people.

The world itself would be a much sweeter place to live in, if we as Christians spent more time spreading the Gospel through what we do and say. Our faith would be much more pleasing and acceptable to other people, if we would honestly practice what Christ preached centuries ago. That way Christ’s ministry and God’s Kingdom would become a pleasing fragrance around the world. Instead of having people rebel against and totally reject Christianity, more people would be attracted to Christ and be willing to give their hearts to Him.

So, wherever we find ourselves today, let’s try and be plugged into Christ’s ways and ministry. If we were more self-aware of being His servants and disciples, we would become more effective as ambassadors of the Gospel and messengers of God’s Word.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we want to please You by leading attractive lives that bring others to You. We want to be productive servants of Your Kingdom and effective messengers of Your Gospel. In Your Holy Name, we earnestly pray. Amen.

John Stuart is the pastor at Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to comment on today’s message, please send him an email to pastor@erinpresbyterian.org.

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About stushie

I'm originally from Scotland and have been a Presbyterian pastor for over twenty years. I live in Knoxville, TN. I enjoy art as a means of therapy, but also as a creative way to strengthen my spiritual connection to God.
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