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An Aromatic Offering

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Background music attribution: The O’Neill Brothers Group, The Holly & The Ivy from Joyous Christmas Carols on Piano

Ahhhh, the fragrant smells of Christmas. I love them all!

Homes are infused with a symphony of holiday aromas—evergreen, scented candles, pastries baking, or an ambient fire. But I especially love the heart-warming aromas of giving and love.

Paul instructed the Ephesians to walk in the way of love, then pointed to Jesus as the model. His sacrifice was a fragrant offering to God.

You have a fragrance to dispense, too. One prepared by God to share with the world.

What is that fragrance? See if you can find the answer in 2 Corinthians 2.

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession,

and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.

For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and

among those who are perishing (2 Corinthians 2:14-15).

We are the aroma of Christ. And we can share the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere we go. Every place you go bustling this season you can share the scent of Jesus. But before you take it on the road, be sure to liberally apply it at home first.

But, do you know what else? You also have a fragrance to offer God. It’s the sweet aroma of your worship.

What is the fragrance of your worship?

Is it sour, by bitterness and unforgiveness?

Salty, from the sweat of your brow . . . or tears of sorrow?

Or sweet, filled with loving gratitude?

Give God a gift of your aromatic worship. It doesn’t have to be material, like the gifts of frankincense and myrrh the Magi brought the Babe. It just has to be from the heart. And it’s aromatic when you prepare your worship with loving adoration and gratitude. It will waft up to Him, a pleasing gift. And it will warm every room in your home.

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