Devotions By Jan

The Skunk

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skunk10115793Scripture for Today:  II Corinthians 2:15-16a “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.”

These baby skunks sure look adorable but there is nothing cute about their smell!  That awful odor wafted into the open windows of our bus recently.  It was familiar enough for me, but for the French folks with me for two weeks in Quebec, it was baffling.  There are no skunks in France, despite the Pepé Le Pew cartoon.  Our tour guide had to explain what it was as we hurriedly raised the windows.  On a positive note, we stopped looking at each other with accusatory glances!

Our verse today speaks of differing reactions to our “smell” or influence.  To those God is calling to Himself, we have a pleasing aroma.  These people know of our relationship with Jesus and continue their contact with us.  We can and do pray that the Lord is continuing to draw them to Himself and that He will use our fragrance.  But there is another group that are in the process of rejecting the Savior.  Quite frankly, we stink to them.  We can be as friendly as humanly possible but they are continually offended by our stench!

It is not easy for me to know that I stink for some people.  No one likes to be shunned.  But the upside is that I smell wonderful to those with whom God’s Spirit is working.  And regardless of how I am perceived, what is most important to me is that I am a pleasing aroma to God when I speak of Him to others!

Lord, may today be a fragrant one for You!

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