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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Leaders of Life and Death"

Date published: 04/07/2013
 
2 Corinthians 2:16 “To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.  And who is equal to such a task?” (NIV)  
 
As a Christian you have a dual purpose in representing Christ – you are the smell of death or the fragrance of life!  This verse may create one of your strongest admonitions to be a witness for Christ.  The life you live and the words you speak should be clear enough to point the way to salvation while making clear the consequences of not accepting Christ.  John 3:18 contrasts the results of each decision, “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.”  God wants to use the life you live and the words you speak to promote Christ so clearly to others that they experience the sweet fragrance of Jesus which will cause them to desire life and not death.  It is sad that one’s life can be so corrupted and hardened that fully experiencing and understanding Christ might actually result in further hardening his/her heart toward Christ.  Zechariah 7:11-12 describes this further, “But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears. They made their hearts as hard as flint.”  The spoken truth is important, but a life reflecting the savor of Jesus and His love is crucial.  2 Corinthians 2:15 describes the life Christ lives through you this way, “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”  You are truly a vessel of Christ for bringing people to Him or moving people away from Him.  This could be a heavy burden if it were not for Christ in you who does the sowing and the reaping!  Your job is to be available, sensitive to God’s leading, and obedient to His calling.  Stay deep in God’s Word, pray constantly, and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit with the expectation of God using you in a mighty way!  
 
1 Corinthians 2:1-2, 4-5 “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.”  (NIV)