Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Scripture Thursday ~ A Sweet Smelling Aroma

Now thanks be to God who always
 leads us in triumph in Christ,
and through us diffuses the fragrance
of His knowledge in every place.

2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV


Do you have a favorite smell?  I enjoy the smell of cinnamon, cloves, balsam trees, and lemons.  I often simmer a combination of some of these things. 

Another way to have a pleasant smell in your home is with a diffuser.  If you’ve never seen one, it looks like this:



They are decorative air fresheners that work with scented oils and reeds.  The oil travels up the reeds to release the fragrance into the air around them.  No sprays, candles or plugin air fresheners ~ the smell is released naturally. (photo from tip nut)
 
As Christian women, who spend quiet time with the Lord, we are the reed that soaks up the oil (Jesus) and become a vessel for the fragrance of Him to emit from us.   We may be the only bible that some people read.



Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.  Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

I know some dear Christian women whom the light of God shines through.  Their life reflects Him.  They give off the fragrance of Him by showing love to others, sharing an encouraging word, a note, a phone call, a scripture, praying for others.



But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV



Another way to “diffuse” fragrance is through clay pots.  The scented oil or perfume is put into the pot and permeates the clay; it naturally emits and diffuses the fragrance into the air.

2 Corinthians 4:7 refers to a treasure in jars of clay.  WE are the jars of clay, or earthen vessels as the KJV translation states and the treasure is the fragrance of Jesus.

If we spend time with him, growing in the knowledge of him, we become transformed into his likeness.  He chooses the clay pots (us) which are flawed, cracked, easily broken, weak, and fragile as His choice vessels to house this wonderful treasure.



What kind of reed or clay pot are you? 

Are you allowing the fragrance to flow through you?

Is there a barrier preventing your fragrance from being diffused?

Open up the channels of your diffuser by:
Reading your bible
praying
attending church
participating in a Bible study
Asking God to show you how

You have a choice to make a difference in someone’s life.

I’ve put a link below on how to make your own diffuser from the Tip Nut.  If you’re making it as a gift, you could attach a tag with today’s scripture to it.   If this post has spoken to you today, please leave me a comment.  I'd love to hear from you.   The vintage images in this post are from my personal collection and are free for you.   Click on each image for a larger size, right click and save to your computer.

Tip Nut ~ DIY Reed Diffusers


This post is linked to: Word Art Wednesday,   Monday Musings, Deep Roots at Home, Fellowship Fridays ,   Titus Tuesdays, Hearts4Home Whatever you want Wednesday Faith Filled Friday  Wholehearted Home  


13 comments:

marie said...

Abby this is a beautiful post. It touched my heart in a mighty way, and the conviction I feel is powerful. I love the analogies that you used, the scriptures you shared,and the encouragement you offered. Thank you so much!!
Appreciate the link to the reed diffuser too!

Have a joy-filled day!!

Bernadette Bliss said...

Beautiful post Abbey. The Word was timely for today. Many blessings on your week. B

Sue said...

Abby,
What a wonderful blog. This is a great follow up for those of us who attended the women's retreat last weekend. You are filled with the fragrance of God and are such a witness to how God can work in our lives.

Vee said...

Sweetness...what great tips! Thank you for the scriptures that provide such a perfect picture of the analogy. Even I get it! ☺

TLady said...

BEAUTIFUL POST TODAY ABBY!!!!!!!!!! HOW ENCOURAGEING!!!!!!!! :) THANK YOU ABBY!!!!!!! AND for the LOVELY IMAGES!!!!!!!!! :)

Sheila Thomas Hill said...

LIKE it! Great affirmation from previous conversations/gatherings. Hugs, sth

Shoregirl said...

Abby, I love your word picture of the reed diffuser and oil -- AND you are one of those lovely ladies that emits the love of the Lord!
BTW - my favorite smell(s) are the spice flavors of candles --- something along the lines of cinnamon apple!

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautifully written post Abby and a great analogy. Blessings, Pamela

Jacqueline@ Deeprootsathome.com said...

Oh, Abby, this is just so true! Sometimes my reeds are all blocked up, and I must wait on the Lord to show me why. He is the ointment and sweet-smelling savour that refreshes our day just like I spray lavender oil in water to refresh our sheets. Praise be to Him for His undeniable beauty.
I am so glad you shared! please come back and encourage us always!
Warmly,
Jacqueline

Judith said...

This was such a pertinent post. I love the verses about being an aroma for the Lord.

Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home last week. I hope to see you again tomorrow. I always like reading your posts.

Elaine said...

I want to be a sweet fragrance! Loved this post!

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Abby, It swells my heart with Joy to know there are Christians who are willing and able to gift others in such a meaningful way. Thank you, Blessings Carole
A Cumberland ON CA girl who loves the Lord.

Mrs.T said...

I'm way behind the times in reading this post, Abby. I had saved it in my email and just now got around to reading it, years later! I loved the analogy of the diffuser and how to open up the channels of our diffusers. I appreciated your challenge: "You have a choice to make a difference in someone's life." If only all believers would take this to heart!

Lovely idea also to make a diffuser as a gift and attach a Scripture tag. Thanks for this post. Beautiful!