Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Life's Fragrance

Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair.  And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” John 12:3.

In the Bible we are told that Mary possessed pure nard which was very expensive and no doubt one of her most valuable treasures. This wonderful fragrance was derived from the Spikenard plant when its underground stems were crushed and distilled into intensely aromatic amber-colored oil very thick in consistency.  The plant alone did not possess the fragrance but the process of breaking down the stems and removing the impurities created the pleasing aroma.  It is written that once she poured it on the feet of Jesus the house was filled with the fragrance. 

When we allow God to take our underground attitudes that lie below the surface and crush them through circumstances, He will remove the impurities of our heart.  Our flesh will be distilled and transformed with the thick aromatic oil of the Holy Spirit.  When that oil is poured out into the purposes of God our lives will become aromatic and Christ filled to all around us.  When others breathe in our lives they breathe in the fragrance of the King.  When they witness our walk they see us walking behind the Savior on a mission.  Our spiritual gifts will be our greatest treasure as we offer it back to God.   Our talents poured over the agenda of God will dispense the beautiful life that resembles His Son. 

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.  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.’ 2 Co 2:14-16.

How would others describe the aroma of your life?

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