Fresh Hope – 3rd September 2018

I love walking along the bakery section of a supermarket, and some supermarkets have made the sneaky decision to place the bakery right by the entrance. Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread, cakes, and pastries. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel… all those irresistible flavours/smells draw me in – especially when I go shopping hungry! Some people are disciplined and are able to resist but some, like me, give in and end up indulging in ‘one little treat’.

The apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians that “we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ”. To a world that so desperately needs to hear His good news, He uses us to draw others to Him.

A simple smile or gentle reply can release such a pleasant scent, that is the first step to inviting someone to know about the love of Jesus.

Our different backgrounds, talents, personalities and experiences all work together to create a bouquet with a variety of fragrances when we allow God to use us.

Sugar, on its own, doesn’t smell very nice but after a little flame, it becomes caramelised, and produces a sweet inviting smell. Likewise with us, the aroma that draws people to God can come out of brokenness, battles fought, tears, pain, the disappointments and delays.  All these God can still use. He can use everything that we have been through to create something new. The Bible says He gives beauty for ashes.

Being children of God, it’s important to reflect Christ in our attitudes, gestures, responses, and reputations wherever we are, in our jobs, colleges, community, everywhere. There is enough despair in this world already; the world needs to be captivated by His sweet aroma through us, so that they may also receive His grace and eternal life.

Today, choose to be like a bakery or a fragrance shop when people come near you. Your sweet scent should be so strong that they cannot resist you and when they leave your presence, they should also leave with a whiff of His aroma.

Christine Mudenha

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