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“For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those that are being saved and among those who are perishing.” (II Corinthians 2:15 CSB)
It’s mindful to come into every situation with one primary goal – to share the fragrance of Jesus. Sharing Jesus becomes much easier to grasp if we reduce it to one solitary question in regard to our relationship with God and man, ‘Did I come into this relationship primarily to take something for me, or to leave something for thee?’ Of course, we know what the answer should be if we are sharing Jesus.
Jesus came into the world always with the goal of glorifying His Heavenly Father and serving others. Here are a few specific ways he manifested this: He came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10 CSB). He came that people might have life and have it in abundance (John 10:10 CSB). He came to be a spiritual light so people who believe in Him would not remain in darkness (John 12:46 CSB). He came to preach the good news (Mark 1:38 CSB). In none of these actions did Jesus come looking for what He could get for Himself. His primary goal was to make life better, fuller, and more spiritually abundant for somebody else. He was able to achieve this of course because He already knew who He was, and He didn’t need to grasp or prove anything. There was no need for approval, nor did he have an insatiable need to enrich his own life.
Following our Master, we might examine the reasons we come into any situation. Is it simply to take something for ourselves in order to improve our own life, or is it to serve others and share Jesus?
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