305. Stinkweed

“I was reading in the apostle Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth this morning,” Stan began, “and I was reminded of something about growing up on the farm.”

“What was that?” I asked.

“Stinkweed,” Stan said.

“Stinkweed?” I replied.  “What is stinkweed and why was Paul writing about it?”

“Well,” said Stan, “first of all, he wasn’t really writing about it.  Secondly, I don’t know if that was its official name, but it was a weed that grew along the road to the farm .  My dad called ‘stinkweed.’  And that was a good name for it because it smelled awful!”

Continuing, he said, “Paul was actually writing about the exact opposite, which is the magnificent sweet aroma of the fragrance of Christ.”

“Way too often,” he added, “I manifest the aroma of stinkweed when, as a committed believer, I am supposed to be manifesting the fragrance of Christ.”

“Why do you think that is?” I asked.

“Same old story,” Stan replied. “I choose to focus on and manifest to others my old stinky self, rather than the new life of the magnificent sweet fragrance of Christ, which is a whole lot more pleasing and may just encourage others to do the same.”

“A good summary of this for me is to deny self by getting rid of the stinkweed, take up my cross by demonstrating the beautiful aroma of Christ, and follow Him wherever He wants to lead me in spreading His sweet aroma.”

“Make the world a better smelling place!”

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But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.  2 Corinthians 2:14.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for the sweet aroma of Christ that you make available to me so I can manifest it to others.  I confess that too often I manifest stinkweed rather than the sweet aroma you have for me, and I ask you to forgive me. I also ask you to help me in manifesting wherever I am the sweet aroma of the fragrance of Christ, rather than the smelly aroma of the stinkweed of self.  Please lead me and help me to follow in every way you want.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Christ.  Amen.

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