But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
God always leads the victory parade. There is never defeat for those who are in Christ. There is never 2nd place! It’s always victory in God’s Kingdom. Regardless of what’s happens, there’s victory. Paul also says that the fragrance of the knowledge of God is spread through him and the others. Interesting! It is through disciples that God is impacting the nostrils of people. To some it’s the sweetest of all smells. A smell that brings hope and a smile. To others it is the stench of death and condemnation. Not because they can’t be saved but because they are not choosing to humble themselves before God. Only pride says ‘I don’t need a Savior.’
I am in the parade and am also a “fragrance factory” as I carry the gospel around in my heart. As I live out this Christian life the smell of it will affect people. They’ll either love it or hate it. My job is to live strongly for Jesus ad not worry about if I’m an offense to others. It will happen. It’s normal. It’s not my problem. God will draw them to His truth. He gives them the choice to accept it or not. My responsibility as a disciple is simply to live it.
Thank You for the victory I have in Christ. Thank You for the joy and the hope You bring. Lead me today to impact people with who You are. Give me wisdom and grac in this day, Father! Guide my mouth that I may only say what is helpful and beneficial to those who are listening. Help me speak the truth in love.