Morning Devotional

This Smells Good

For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

[II CORINTHIANS 2:15]

Maybe you read the title of this devotional and thought, “I’ll just skip this one. This guy’s getting a little too personal.” Well, this is personal. So I’m asking: how do you smell? When Christians use their gifts in the Body of Christ, their service is a pleasing aroma to God.

When someone writes a note and says “I missed you at church,” or “I’m praying for you in this difficult time,” or when someone makes a phone call or cooks a meal or teaches a class or checks a roll, that act of service is worship to God. A sweet smelling aroma goes up from that sacrifice to the throne of God, and He says, “That’s worship! That smells good. That gives Me pleasure.” Often I’ll put in praise tapes as a part of my time with God. If I’m in the office or running or in the car, I might have praise music on. I’ve even been known to break out in song if I’m alone, and sing praises to God at the top of my voice—and when I do, the place I’m in becomes a sanctuary where God is worshipped. I believe God likes it when I do that.

My private worship is a pleasing aroma to Him, too. Also, our relationships with others can be an act of worship. When we are in right relationship with others and we’re speaking and sharing and having the right kind of chemistry with people, our interactions are God-honoring and God-glorifying. That’s worship, too. The aroma of it pleases God, and He says, “That makes Me feel good. That is a blessing to Me.” What kind of aroma are you to God in your service, your praise and your personal relationships? In other words, how do you smell?

Finally, there are the “pseudo-saints,” or the phony saints. They have their name on the church role, and know a bit of religious lingo. They pass through worship every Easter or Christmas or Mothers’ Day and nod at God as they go. But they don’t have a clue about what it means for Jesus to be Savior, let alone Lord. The pseudo-saints. It matters what kind of saint you are. Because if there is ever to be a hope of revival and renewal in our culture, we need the side-tracked saints to come alive and the pseudo saints to get a clue. That’s the only hope we have. So what kind of saint are you?

~ Dr. Edwin Young ~

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