Hello world! I’m done with school, but I simply cannot stop writing. I know, I am not even that great of a writer, it is just the only way I can really express myself! (Have you heard me mumble out words? I swear I have something wrong with the way my brain connects to my mouth.)
Anyway, since I have been free of classes or responsibility of any kind, I have been totally slacking off. Is that possible when you don’t have anything else to do? Well, it is. I’ve just been laying in bed all day thinking “I should read my Bible,” but too lazy to move or “I should see how my friend is doing,” but my phone is so far away. Yeah, it is bad.
However, I decided to get my shit together and start caring about people… in little steps. So part of that was reading my Bible. Sometimes I read it just to say I read it. Maybe some people can relate to that, I know it is a stupid this to do, but what can I say so am I. Today, I actually opened my Bible and asked God to show me something.
I was supposed to be reading 2 Corinthians all week and tell my accountabilibuddy what I got out of it, but of course, I started it today. As I was reading, I realized this is my kind of book! For some reason I had this idea in my head Paul was more of a determined guy than an emotional softy. From this book, I’m sure it is in many other books he has written, it hit me that he DOES have emotions! Why had I not seen it before? For those of you who do not know me, I love emotions… Actually if you ask me in a couple hours from now I may say I hate them, but I guess that just kind of proves my point: I am very feelings based.
SO when I read chapter 2 vs. 4:
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you.
I was like: “AWE! Paul loves!” Literally, that’s what is written in my notebook. So that is what really peeked my interest to actually be interested in this book (which for however many years I have been a christian, I have never read. Hm.)
What really hit me was chapter 2 verses 14-17:
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16 to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? 17 For we are not like many, [a]peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.
This is interesting because, exactly one week ago at the Stripe home church’s prayer meeting (or whatever we are called) Tom talked to us about being more energetic in our home church. He has a very valid point. Our home church tends to be quiet during the teaching. Not just quiet, it is dead silence (shout out to Carrie Hemphill here who introduced me to a movie that will forever ruin that phrase for me.) So Tom was all, why aren’t we happy and interactive? What does this say to non believers? Do we have any reason not to be excited about the Lord?
After that little chat we had home church the following Tuesday and, I think, we were a bit better! However, this passage just hit the point Tom was making home for me personally.
Paul basically lays it out for us right here. We have no reason not to be enthusiastic about the Lord because God always leads us to triumph! Through us, he manifests the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. When I think of aroma I think of intoxicating. Like smelling something delicious and being drawn to it.
He writes that we are a fragrance among those who are being saved (those who accept God’s grace) and to those who are perishing (those who reject it.) People are drawn to us because of God’s grace and his knowledge (I’d like to add to the list truth and security because that is what people want in my experience,) but also because we share God’s word with passion.
He continues by asking: And who is adequate of these things? For we are not like many, peddling the word of God (I am guessing Fundi’s and those churches who have church just to go to church and feel good about themselves,) but as from sincerity! He says “we speak in Christ in the sight of God.”
It is like we are born for this. Starting your new life when you accept Jesus Christ is like you have been washed with the most amazing perfume that no one has ever sensed before. People smell it and are drawn. So what are we going to do with out new scent? Sure, people come, but if we are not sincere and excited about the truth we have been given who will stick around? There will always be that scent, but if is not welcoming and rejoicing, then why stay.
I guess this is what I get for reading the Bible: awesomeness. I am really excited and cannot wait to talk to someone who is drawn by what the Lord has given us to confirm that it is the greatest thing humans can have!