DayBreaks for 12/02/16 – Pizza and Perfume
15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? – 2 Corinthians 2:15-16
A mother tells a story of how her daughter used to work for a pizzeria. At the end of the daughter’s shift, Mom would pick her up from the pizzeria. There was only one problem: when her daughter would get into the car she’d smell so much like pizza that often times Mom would go back into the store and buy a pizza.
I see in this an analogy of our life with Christ. When we give our life to him, when we spend much time with Christ and seek first to live for him; when we let His love, grace and forgiveness wash over and permeate us, then we’ll have the aroma of Christ surrounding us in our daily lives. His love will spread and shine through us for others to see and breathe in. And when we live like that, our lives become an invitation and others will be compelled to seek him and ask questions about our faith.
When is the last time your life compelled someone to ask you about your faith? If it hasn’t happened for a long time, perhaps it’s because we’ve not spent enough time in the presence of the Master.
PRAYER: Let us draw so close to you that the sweet aroma of Jesus’ love is so present in our lives that it cannot be ignored and others are compelled to investigate the Lord of Life! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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