WE ARE THE FRAGRANCE OF CHRIST; WE SMELL JESUS.
“For we are to God, the fragrance of Christ among those who are being save and those that are perishing”- 2 Cor. 2:15.
Every one that comes around us should be able to get an aura of Jesus both the saved and the perishing. They should be able to perceive solutions to their problems, get their healings, breakthroughs and success. Holiness, love should emanate from our lifestyle. I will like to paraphrase a quote by my mentor, Pastor Sunday Adelaja; “If you are looking for Jesus, don’t go far, come and see me because He lives in me, as He is so am I. If you are looking for hope, come around me, Christ in me the hope of glory. If you are looking for righteousness, come to me, I am the righteousness of God”.
Beloved, you may say am speaking an aberration but search the scriptures, Christ has paid all for us to be a solution to all the needs of mankind. May God open our eyes to see all that He has freely given to us. I desire daily to walk in the fullness and understanding of all that Christ died for me to have on earth. My whole being seems to open up towards Him and my heart cries; “Lord, make this real by thy grace in my life so men who see me will see you, so I can say, perhaps not in words alone; He that hath seen me hath seen the master”. That I will be in you and you in me; that I will grow up in you in all things, having your full stature in wisdom, power, righteousness, grace and authority. Sorry friends, I was lost in His presence again communing with Him forgetting that I am writing this piece. May this transform your heart condition.
“I am scared that when I get to the judgment seat and there are a billion people looking on me that God will say to me; “son I had many things to tell you, but you couldn’t bear them. You weren’t grown up enough”
WHAT DO MEN PERCEIVE AROUND YOU?
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and PERCEIVED that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled and took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus”- Acts 4:13.
The people around the apostle perceived the aura of Jesus emanating from them and they took note. They saw their boldness, they saw the healings, miracles, signs and wonders they did through the name of Jesus. They concluded that Christ actually lives in them. The people took note of the apostle because of the healing of the impotent man. Can people perceive healing virtues around us when they come in contact with us? Jesus on earth carried the aura of the anointing that demons afar off could perceive it and they were crying out. Apostle Paul walked in this realm that the lady possessed with the spirit of divinity could not resist the fragrance. Remember, these signs follow those that believe in the name of Jesus. It is as simple as saying if people don’t smell these (love, healing, peace, salvation, deliverance e.t.c.) around you; it means your faith is questionable.
A Recent account comes to my mind; I was opportune to teach an extension class in the secondary school I graduated from. On a particular day, I got to the class and observed a student denying me pleasantries as usual while others did. I saw her head placed on the table with her hijab (muslim head tie), I called her name and she looked at me. She was very weak and pale, the class exclaimed that she has been sick and spent the whole of the day in the sick bay, she was only waiting to try and attend my class alone for the day. They said they told her to go home but she refused, insisting she wished to attend my class (may be because of my model of teaching). I called her again, I saw her eyes as red as a patient with conjunctivitis and it was as if I eye balls was about to come out of the socket. I told her not to worry that am around and told her to come; others couldn’t look at her eyes.
When she move closed to me, I was moved with compassion. I told her to smile and look straight to my eye balls; she did as instructed and went back to her seat. In less than 8 minutes, I called her and she turned to me, her eye balls were cleared up and the whole class marveled at the happening. I asked her if she was healed; she said yes and I proceeded by asking what happened to her, quoting her verbatim, she said “UNCLE, YOU KNOW YOU ARE CLOSE TO GOD”.
“And the Lord called Samuel again the third. And he arose and went to Eli and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli PERCEIVED that the Lord had called the called”- 1 Samuel 3:8.
Eli perceived the call of God upon Samuel. Can our mentors and people around us perceive that we are actually call by God? Or it seems as if to them that we are cooking up stories. Some end up frustrating people with their call. Some time ago, I was discussing with my Pastor at the zonal headquarters (R.C.C.G). He said something that I took note of. He said “David, having the privilege to be under your ministration once and the way you approach life, if I don’t know anything about you, the only thing I know and that am sure if is that God has called you, I am convinced about that”.
Many are afraid to tell people around them they are called because they know they don’t smell good. Samuel wasn’t afraid to meet Eli, he knows somebody was calling him. Jesus wasn’t afraid to tell the people and the Pharisees He was the son of God and the sent Messiah. One of my beloved brothers in the Lord whom I respect so much not only because of His age, also because of the values and virtues God deposited in him by His grace sent me a piece and wrote this behind it;
“There are some young people that are already leading men; they need to be afforded respect. You are one of them”.
Another friend of mine gave me some advice lately and ended it with this;
“Personally, I see a mighty grace upon you and with the little I have known about you, this grace manifests more in your yieldedness and surrendering”.
Ink won’t permit me if I continue to write these prospects. Am not writing this to sing my praise or blow my own trumpet because I don’t deserve these appraisals, it is His grace that has found me. This grace is still helping me to press on day by day because what is ahead is greater than what I have in our disposal, all glory to God. I would have loved to appreciate this people by their names because they mean a lot to me but I believe they would read this article some day and they would know am addressing them. My confidence is the call of God upon my life, I know the one who has called me as not forsaken me but;
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
I press toward the mark for the prize of high calling of God in Christ Jesus”- Philippians 3:12-14.
Great is the commission delivered to you; great are the heavenly visions you have seen; great are the deposits of the Holy Spirit in you; great is the ministerial offices or position you occupy. Great is the biblical school you attended. Great are the impartations you received from the people, word and the Holy Spirit. However, greater is the time those virtues begin to attend the need of people as the fragrance of Jesus is perceived around you.
“And she said unto her husband, behold now, I PERCEIVED that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually”- 2 Kings 4:9.
It was the fragrance from Elisha the Shunemite woman perceived that made her get the solution to her problem. There are many destitute around us, many people that are desperate for an answer to their problems. They haven’t gotten the answer yet because they haven’t smelled the solution from you that will attract them to come closer to you.
After Thought: the creatures are in earnest expectation of your manifestation; they are subjected to vanity, they groan and travail in pain for the glorious liberty of the children of God to deliver them from the bondage of corruption (Romans 8:19-22).
For the love of revival, spiritual re-awakening and social revolution.
By a sold out for God- OLAWADE DAVID B.
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