2 Corinthians 2:14
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
So my friend (bless you!) shared the scripture above with me and I’m excited about how it spoke to him and how he’s been thinking of it since he read it. (In case you were wondering, yes! this is one of the purposes of friendship to sharpen each other with the word not just gossip and go ‘chill’ lol). Anyway as he shared, it just resounded what the Holy Ghost has been saying to me for a while now. He’s been saying ‘ the end of everything you engage in should be Gods glory, your number one calling is to show forth Christ in every place you find yourself’.
Let’s look at the scripture again. As I read the first portion of it, the words ALWAYS, LEADS and TRIUMPH jumped at me. As believers, as people called by His name, walking according to His purpose and will for our lives… We always have victory! Once God is in the lead, once He’s at the first position of your life, we are victorious! We will triumph in Jesus’ name. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, it doesn’t matter how long it takes. God ALWAYS leads us to victory! As excited as this made me. It was the second part of it that caught both our attention.
” and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place”. He says whether you find yourself in full time ministry, or you are just occupied with your job or you are doing both, you are called to diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge. My understanding is, regardless of where we find ourselves we are first and foremost Christians. We are therefore required to illuminate the light of God or diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge in that place. When you come to Christ, He becomes your first identity! Before you are a nurse, a designer, an accountant, a developer, a gym instructor, an artist, a pharmacist, a tailor… Before you are whatever that pays your bills and feeds you, you are first a Christian called to show forth His glory at the given place you find yourself.
” Before you are whatever that pays your bills and feeds you, you are first a Christian called to show forth His glory “
As I wrote this, I was reminded about a time back in school, I had a lotion and fragrance mist from Bath&Body Works I used to wear. I used to live on the 1st floor of my hostel but every time I go up to the 3rd floor or even go out of the building, I had these male friends who would call me up to ask if I’d left my room because they could smell my fragrance around the stairs or on the hallway to their rooms long after I’ve left. Writing now, I’m thinking, imagine we wore Christ at every place like I did with my mist. Imagine the fragrance of His knowledge so much on us that long after we are gone people can still smell it, they can still identify us with the Father.
He then continued to tell me how the Holy Spirit brought to His attention how people can immediately recognise the brand of perfume on another person. My big brother has that ‘talent’, (hehehe) he can smell a perfume and tell which designer, which particular one, describe the label or the bottle and tell when that one was released on the market. He can tell you how far from your hand you held it when you sprayed and the designer’s mood when making it. (LOL okay now I’m just messing with you guys). When people encounter you, do they smell the fragrance of Christ? Do they encounter divinity through you? Are they able to immediately recognise that you have Christ living in your heart?
These should be goals for us as Christians. We should seek to be recognised at all places as disciples of Christ, as people who carry with them the knowledge of Christ like a fragrance. If you know me, you know I always say, no one should second guess if you are a Christian. I mean no one second guesses if I’m a young woman or if I’m African, it’s clear to see. So why should I allow people to question if I’m Christian. I should carry the fragrance of Christ so strong that everyone can ‘smell’ it, experience it and want to know the person behind it all.
Christianity isn’t a closet lifestyle, it isn’t just an inward thing, it needs to show forth in your dealings, words and actions.