A Sweet Aroma – Heaven is Calling Lesson 12
Hello Everyone! Welcome to lesson 12 in the Bible Art Journaling Challenge series, Heaven Is Calling! I am here wrapping up (with this last lesson), what has been a really meaningful series of connecting with a good God. You can start, or keep accessing this full series here on my blog for free.
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Heaven Is Calling Lesson 12
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I used my Single Column ESV Journaling Bible, for this lesson and the scripture for this challenge is 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 which I’m sharing with you here from the NASB translation…
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;
A sweet aroma
In the video lesson, I read to you in the ESV translation. Each Bible translation says things slightly different to the next one, but the point is the same. The apostle Paul, was writing from a place of pain about a conflict that had been bad enough to cause him to want to postpone a visit to the church he was writing.
I urge you to stick on a pot of coffee, tea, hot chocolate… whatever… and read the FULL 13 chapters of the book in one sitting. If you can, try reading the 1 Corinthians book in the same way the day before. It’s 16 chapters long. Or, just commit to read the whole two over 4 days. Just get it all in during a short space of time to grasp a fuller picture. Read it knowing that Paul was writing to the church in Corinth and addressing various things. There is SO MUCH valuable wisdom to learn from this corner of the Bible when seeking to grasp what Paul was hoping that those in Corinth could grasp.
In this section of scripture, there are MANY ways which different parts of Christendom would translate things. I always prefer to keep things simple to understand and applicable to daily life.
In that thread of thinking… there is but one thing for me to say about this section of scripture. We MUST live in a way that produces the aroma of Christ. Last time I checked, His fragrance brings life to the dying. If my scent is not doing the same, I am not reflecting Him properly. We must ask ourselves the hard question and be very truthful with ourselves. Are we releasing the aroma of Christ? Or are we stinking up our environment?
Why does this matter when we’re talking about connecting with a good God in this Heaven Is Calling series? Because the only (and I do mean only), way that we can be a sweet aroma of Christ, is by being in His presence. Have you ever sat next to a wet dog? Give yourself a couple of brief minutes next to them and you’re likely to have people nearby holding their nose the rest of your day. Why? Because smell sticks to what it’s around. Cook and your clothes and hair will smell like dinner.
When we sit in God’s presence and embrace His friendship so He can encounter us with His goodness, it rubs off on us and the aroma is sweet to anyone who we come into contact with. That sweet aroma is a byproduct of being with God and I simply MUST make it my responsibility to be the breath of fresh air that wafts Jesus across a room with such beauty that everyone wants a bigger sniff of who I’ve been hanging out with. Let us all make that our goal. To simply enjoy Jesus so much that it transforms our lives and thus, the lives of those around us.
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*Scripture quotations taken from the NASB © The Lockman Foundation, used with permission.
*Artwork completed in the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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