Smelling Good to God

Posted: September 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

In John 7:37-39, Jesus promises the coming of the Holy Spirit to believers after His death and resurrection. He says, ‘From your innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” Or, literally “life-giving water.” The expression of the Holy Spirit in our lives is always self sacrificial. When the person of God works in our hearts, we give ourselves away.

In Acts 1:8, the coming of the Holy Spirit results in us boldly proclaiming the Gospel. In Galatians 5:22-23, the fruit of the Spirit in us is always beneficial to others. Jesus Himself did what He did on earth as a man filled with the Holy Spirit. Although He was God, He willingly went to the cross for others.
There is a great illustration of this when Mary breaks the expensive bottle of perfume and anoints the feet of Jesus. The disciples said it was a waste, but Jesus acknowledges the value of sacrificial love. The text says that the fragrance filled the whole house. So there is a question. Will we keep the perfume for ourselves, so that we can smell good in our estimation, or will we pour it out for God in sacrificial love so that it rises to heaven as a fragrant aroma to God?

Following Christ is about laying it all down, sacrificing everything. Full surrender to Him. As someone has said, ‘It is putting our ‘Yes’ on the altar and letting God put it on the map.'”

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