Friday 25 October, 2013

2 Corinthians 2:12-17

12 I went to Troas to preach the good news about Christ. There I found that the Lord had opened a door of opportunity for me. 13 But I still had no peace of mind. I couldn’t find my brother Titus there. So I said good-by to the believers at Troas and went on to Macedonia. 14 Give thanks to God! He always leads us in the winners’ parade because we belong to Christ. Through us, God spreads the knowledge of Christ everywhere like perfume. 15 God considers us to be the sweet smell that Christ is spreading among people who are being saved and people who are dying. 16 To the one, we are the smell of death. To the other, we are the perfume of life. Who is able to do that work? 17 Unlike many people, we aren’t selling God’s word to make money. In fact, it is just the opposite. Because of Christ we speak honestly before God. We speak like people God has sent.

What grabs me most about this passage is the certainty the author, Paul, has for the need to have a partnership with Titus.

Too often I personally take on tasks and opportunities based on the resources that are immediately available, but Paul is able to see things as God sees them.

This passage also reminds me to never lose the sense of how “sweet smelling” the Gospel is.

God, help us to see things in your timing and help us to experience the beauty of the Gospel with all our spiritual senses!

Written by Justin Ware

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