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Diffusing The Knowledge Of Christ

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We think of ministry as big platforms, bright lights, fame, attention, and a mass following. But what about those of us who are less like Paul and Peter, and more like Jeremiah? Paul and Peter transformed the world in the power of the Holy Spirit. Masses came, repented, and joined the growing Church of God.

Jeremiah, also filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, not so much. So great was God’s word in his heart, “like a burning fire, shut up in my bones”, he describes it (Jer. 20:9). He couldn’t contain himself. He couldn’t hold back. Yet, His words weren’t well received. He continuously spoke the heart of God, but they didn’t hear, they didn’t receive it.

Imagine that… a prophet no one’s willing to listen to. A prophet no one wants to follow. A prophet persecuted and oppressed because of the very message God’s given him to speak.

I look at the life of Jeremiah and see a God who’s not impressed with our following.  I see a God who’s concern is to make His love known. We’re responsible with the message. God’s responsible with how that message touches and reaches people.

Whether a Paul,  Peter, or a Jeremiah, we’d be foolish to think it’s about us. We’d be wise to humble ourselves and give God the place that’s rightfully His. When we do, purpose becomes less about us and more about Him. It becomes about listening to Jesus, being led by the Holy Spirit, and walking in the good works He’s ordained for us, trusting Him with the details.

Whether the message is received or not, with right perspective, we open our mouths in love and obedience. We understand that ‘our speaking’ is simply the means for God’s love to be poured out in this world. Declaring the truths He’s placed in our hearts is simply a channel used of God to share His heart with a suffering world.

Isn’t our moving in obedience the instrument God uses to declare His goodness, love, and mercy to all?

2 Corinthians 2:14 puts it beautifully, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”

Instead of looking for a following, we become people looking to diffuse the fragrance of God’s knowledge in every place.

What if you opening your mouth is God’s love being poured out? Over and over and over again?

What if you choosing to serve others in humility, mercy, and grace is God’s love washing over humanity? Over and over and over again?

You. In the quiet places.

You. In the obscure places.

You. In the lonely places.

You. In the out-of-sight places.

Whether or not your words or service is received, what if your obedience is God’s way of diffusing the fullness of who He is to a world in desperate need of Him?

What if it’s how He wants His fragrance to fill this world? 

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