DAY 20 MISSIONARIES: THE FRAGRANCE OF CHRIST

'But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.' - 2 Corinthians 2:14

'Just Do It.'  Even the least athletically inclined amongst us are familiar with this phrase.  It's one of the most successful and enduring ad campaigns of the last 30 years.  The slogan evokes a spirit of confidence.  Is there anything you can't do while wearing a pair of Nike shoes?

The apostle Paul didn't have Nikes, but he could've used a boost in Troas.  He described the situation in 2 Corinthians 2.  Paul arrived in Troas and claimed that none other than Jesus himself arranged an opportunity for Paul to preach the gospel there.  Paul expected his friend Titus to be in Troas but Titus was no where to be found.  Paul was so disturbed by this that he apparently left Troas without preaching the gospel.

Paul then gives thanks to God in the letter (2 Corinthians 2:14).  It's a curious thing to do when he has just described himself passing up an opportunity from Jesus to preach the gospel.  Paul uses the metaphor of a Roman triumph here.

The Roman triumph was a ceremony that celebrated the success of a great military leader.  Paul is saying that Jesus has the won the victory.  Our confidence does not come from our own performance or history.  We are victorious in Christ.  He has conquered death!  When we are aware that our sufficiency is in Christ and not in our own strength we have the ability to 'just do it' without any fretting over our own worthiness.  You are a sweet fragrance in Christ and He desires to spread the knowledge of Him everywhere through you.  Pray that you would be fragrant today.

- Aaron Negron