In his second letter to the Church in Corinth, in the 2nd chapter, Paul refers to his ministry while he was in Troas. Paul said that God opened a door of opportunity for him, but he could not get the Church in Corinth off his mind.
Paul was waiting on a report from Titus, who had visited the Corinth Church and was bringing a report back to him. Paul ended up leaving Troas to go find Titus in Macedonia. Paul got a good report on the Corinth Church when he found Titus, and Paul writes that Titus put Paul to work in his ministry in Macedonia. Paul said that Titus used him to “spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere like sweet perfume”.
Then the verse we have represented today – where Paul says that they were the pleasing aroma of Jesus to both the saved and the lost. He goes on to say in verse 16 that to the lost, they were the smell of death but to those who had accepted the message and saved, it is a life-giving aroma.
Our lives can be found in this thought from Paul. We may have plans and opportunities that we are happy with and then circumstances move us to another path. We find that our opened door has closed, and we need to find another one.
Path To Another Door
When our faith is in God, He will always provide us a path to another door. He is very interested in how our lives are going through our relationship with Him. No matter our circumstances, are we pleasant for God to breathe in? In taking out His Truth, are we ok that people will not all receive us the same way?
The Truth to those who are saved will be a happy time for both of us and to the unsaved, that same Truth will at first feels like all gloom and doom. The Truth requires us to look at our lives and ask the question – Is what I am doing pleasing to God, regardless of my circumstances?
Am I concerned and living for a relationship with both the saved and the lost? Are we living our lives so that the lost can see in us that the weight of sin is equal for everyone, and so is the forgiveness of Jesus?
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