(The following is a guest blog from our own wonderful Zach Sanders! I hope you enjoy it!)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.” – 2nd Corinthians 5:17.
If you have been following our Raised to Life series, or Christianity in general over the course of the past two millennia, you should be familiar with how we, as Christians, are made into a new creation in Christ. This means that our old ways are dead and gone, having been replaced by a new life of freedom found in Jesus. Even the stench of our old life is exchanged by the sweet smelling aroma of a clean and purified life in God. But, with that said, have you ever considered that you are actually the potpourri of the presence of God?
I would venture to say that you have never really considered the notion that you are God’s potpourri to the world. It is a quite comical thought. Nevertheless, just because this statement is ridiculous, it does not mean that it is necessarily untrue. Rather, the Bible is quite clear that you give off an aroma, much like that of potpourri. To some it is an aroma that brings death, and to others it is an aroma that brings life. Now in Christ, we give off a pleasing aroma as stated in 2nd Corinthians 2:14-16:
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 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?”
Now, we are to God “the pleasing aroma of Christ,” and He “uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.” What a fantastic gift, that we are used by God to further His kingdom here on the earth, and that we, quite literally, possess and share the scent of Christ with the world. This matches up with 1 John 4:17 that mentions that “in this world we are like Jesus.” Who would have thought that this statement includes his scent as well?
Personally, I relate this to our interactions with family, friends, coworkers, and society at large. If we truly are like Jesus in this world, and we are, then we should be bringing the pleasing aroma of Christ with us everywhere. Even in the midst of hostile environments, Christ’s aroma is anointed to breakthrough negativity and bondage. And as Jesus’ representatives here on earth, we are empowered by his Holy Spirit to spread goodness, healing, mercy, joy, grace, and forgiveness everywhere that we tread our feet.
Though, this may leave some of us wondering, why have we been placed into such a negative environment? Maybe this negative environment includes: a job where negativity is freshly brewed each day; a family that has little to no hope for the future; or a school where Godly examples are few and far between. If you have ever asked yourself this kind of question, there is a very logical answer. God does not place us in these types of environments to test if we can survive a terrible situation, but rather I believe that God sees these as divine opportunities where He can use us to bring Heaven to earth.
This means that when people are hopeless over a situation or a problem, you are filled with faith and hope that God will provide the answer. When negativity is rearing its head, and your workplace is soured due to a lack of joy and hope; you are the one that brings the influence of the kingdom to change the spiritual dynamics over your workplace. Entrepreneur, business owner, and Marketplace Coach for C3 Pathfinders, Colin Higginbottom, says it best when he states that “those with the most hope have the most influence.” And we as Christians have a leg up in this realm, because we have a Creator who cares for us, loves us, and freed us from sin and death. We carry the most hope of any people group that has ever lived, and as such we are able to transform families and workplaces by spreading and sharing Christ’s aroma with everyone.
It is good for us to remember that “the one who is in [us] is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4). And no matter the circumstance, we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus, and he has chosen and empowered us to be his ambassadors to the world. Or in more eccentric form, we are the potpourri of His presence.
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