Exodus 7:8-24; 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6; Mark 10:1-16
“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.” The same words can be received differently and people’s response may be quite different.
Moses was sent to Pharoah who could not hear words or see signs of God Almighty as savior and protector, but as the god who would take away his power and authority in Egypt. Jesus’ words about marriage, divorce, and adultery can be heard as a call to be blessed in a relationship which says, “Nothing you can do will make me stop loving you.” They can also be heard as words of judgment against our selfish “I want to be happy all the time” attitudes.
As we allow God’s love to flow through us, and allow the Holy Spirit to give us words to tell how his story and our story mingle in blessing, we offer to those who are saved encouragement, and to those who are perishing hope. Only the Spirit can influence how they are heard. Be a bold witness. The Spirit will bring the fruit of faith.
Prayer: Gracious God and Father, help us to hear your words as hope and blessing, in Jesus name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner,
Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.