Fresh Hope – Day 80 (Caleb Burchell)

Last year, I found myself embarking on a long haul flight to the United States. Myself and my parents were going to be staying with some friends of ours at their home.

As we got off the flight, we were greeted by our friends and were driven to their home. We pulled up on their drive, grabbed our luggage and headed for the house. As we opened the front door, I was overwhelmed with an amazing aroma coming from the kitchen upstairs. Now, after nearly 24 hours of travelling, I was ready to EAT!

Once we had put our suitcases in their proper places, taken off our coats and made ourselves at home, I was ready to go and discover the very thing that had been occupying my mind for the past 20 minutes…

The lady of the house told us that she had made some Taco Soup and that it was ready and waiting for us. So we pulled up to the kitchen bar, spoons in hand, ready to go. After taking the first spoonful, there was no doubt that this was a winner. It was delicious! So delicious, in fact, that for the next 3 days, I continued to eat away at this delightful homemade Taco Soup.

By the end of the week, as we were about to leave for our next location, we asked our friends for the recipe. It was too good to pass up, and we most certainly wanted to be able to try it for ourselves when we arrived back home.

This got me thinking… How many people are asking you for the recipe of your life?

When was the last time that your aroma, appearance & taste appealed so much to people, that they had to know what it is that you have and they don’t?

If you call yourself a Christian, your life either has the power to attract people to Jesus, or detract them from Him.

Pastor Brian Houston said, ‘make your spirituality attractive’.

I pray that we would always live lives that point people to Jesus and allow others to see Him through us. May we never be people that produce a stench so bad, that nobody wants to take a step closer, but instead, an amazing aroma that leads people inward, step by step, to find that what makes us so appealing is Jesus… A Jesus that has changed our life from the inside out, so much so, that our internal transformation now produces external results.

‘What’s the key ingredient of your life?’ is a question that I want to be asked often… I hope you also share that same desire today.

2 Corinthians 2:15-16 (NIV)

‘For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?’


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