"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him." 2 Corinthians 2:14
After reading about Mary pouring perfume on Jesus' feet in John 12 last week, and the whole house being filled with the fragrance, this verse came to mind. We are to do the same thing: let God lead us and through us spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus wherever He puts us.
As we live this way as disciples, we won't need letters of recommendation (2 Cor. 3:1). The people who smell the fragrance of Jesus through us will be our letters. Continuing on with 2 Corinthians 3, verses 2 & 3 say, "You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts."
Who are the "letters" written with the Spirit as a result of our ministry? Our children, neighbors, co-workers?
And, no, having letters is not because we are great. "Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant - not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." (2 Cor. 3:5-6)
God, continue to use us to spread the fragrant knowledge of Christ to those around us. May many "letters" be written as a result of the ministry of each member of our church body. Thank you for making us ministers of a new covenant - one that gives life.
By Traci Altman