Born to Bloom

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)

As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and unsaved all around us. – (2 Corinthians 2:15, TLB)

We have become the unmistakable aroma of the victory of the Anointed One to God – a perfume of life to those being saved and the odor of death to those who are perishing. – (2 Corinthians 2:15, TPT)

 

As I sat here pondering this verse, the image that came to mind for me is that of beautiful, fragrant flowers. The gardener who tends to the plants to trim, water, fertilize and assure proper light, yields healthy plants that produce sweet scents. Contrarily, those who do not provide that which plants need, discover the scent of death and decay soon emit from the perishing perennials. People are comparable when it comes to our faith. If we invest time in our relationship with our Redeemer, we learn and grow and become more like Him. As we do, the love, grace and kindness we extend, become a sweet scent to our Savior, as well as to those who are seeking something more. However, when we neglect the need for investing time with the very One who created us, we begin to wither and rot, stuck with a stench of angst and impatience, anger and a serious lack of love. May we ever seek the nourishment of our Maker, as He provides the soil, water and light that we need to bloom and become the sweet scent of life to all those around us.

 

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Through hope and His grace;

Are what we offer,

As we seek God’s face.

A life invested,

In loving the Lord;

Is grown to produce,

Sweet scent that’s adored.

For loving kindness,

Goodness and His light;

Are grown within us,

As we choose delight.

With all that we are,

May we seek His face;

So, our lives smell sweet,

And extend His grace.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that a life invested in knowing and following You grows and develops us to give off the sweet scent of hope in You. Thank You that You cultivate this within us as we choose to seek You. Forgive us for neglecting time with You, as You are the One who removes the weeds and provides the water and sunlight. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would allow You room to come in and cultivate our lives into the fragrant offering You intended. Show us how to love those around us in a way that helps them breathe deeply from Your goodness and grace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we delight in You, and allow You room to grow us so that we can bloom. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth (Moreno) Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19

A Significant Scent

Each of our senses is a significant gift from God, given to increase our awareness of the world around us.  An often discounted sense, is our sense of smell.  That being said, most of us have treasured memories that are tied to particular scents.  For me, the smell of a roasting turkey, baking pies, or smoking salmon, whisper sweet reminders of Thanksgivings and Christmases growing up at my grandparents’ home.  Pungent whiffs of rotting garbage bring flashbacks of the streets of Calcutta where the poor and destitute seemed to sit without help or hope.  Still other smells take me to specific times and places in my past.

“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.  And who is equal to such a task?” – (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)  I bear the aroma of Christ?  That thought alone compels me to keep my conscience clean and my heart pure before Him.  On my own, I am certain that I would wreak.  However, being covered and cleansed in Christ, I am received in His likeness, and led by His Spirit.  Only by His strength, am I able to be the fragrance of life to another.


Sweet is the smell,

of hope embraced.

Glad is the heart,

where sin’s erased.

Fragrant the gift,

our offering;

grounded in Christ,

our life we bring.

May we go forth,

bearing His scent;

that loves to life,

so hearts repent.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that in You, we bear the aroma of Christ to all whom we encounter.  Forgive us for the stench of our selfishness that tries to linger, and cleanse us so that we are fragrant testimonies of life in You.  Help those whose sense of scent is skewed, come to know the saving truth in You.  May our lives bear the sweet scent of salvation before all whom we meet, and may many come to know You as a result.  Let our lives be lived in love, so that all might accept the amazing aroma presented through Your Son.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.