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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Do You Know You're a Fragrance to This World?

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


The world is filled with those who know and have received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and of course, those who haven’t. Of those in the world without Christ, there are some that hate Christians and seem to be at war with them, Then there are those who are curious as to what makes a Christian tick. And finally, there are those who are hungering to know God this very moment—waiting for someone to share the truth of Jesus with them. The majority of non-Christians do not like Christians telling the rest of the world about Jesus, what is morally right and wrong, and how to live from their biblical perspective. Most despise it! That's why they try to shut us up in the workplace and everywhere else.

Although they would not likely agree with what I am about to say, nor be able to explain it, non-Christians often sense the presence of God just being in the presence of a Christian who is sincerely living for Jesus. It's as though a Christian leaves an aroma in the room that some love and some hate. Many non-Christians feel guilty just being around Christians. They don’t know why, but they do—that is of course if that Christian is living their life in a Christ-like fashion. If someone calls themself a Christian but their words and actions look and sound worldly, then to the non-Christian, their life reflects the life of a hypocrite. Then they measure up to exactly what they think Christians are anyway—fakes who preach a higher moral standard but never live up to it!

If we live up to a higher biblical standard of right living and love others as God directs us to in His Word, then those around us will usually feel one of two things. If their heart is open to the things of God, they are watching us because they want to see if we are real and learn more about what makes us tick. If they hate the things of God, they often feel condemned. Not because of anything we’ve said as much as what we stand for. We give off a spiritual aroma. It's a supernatural thing! 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 (NKJV) says it like this: "For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.  To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life..."

The world tries to muffle or guilt us saying that we should keep our faith to ourselves. Those who call themselves Christians because of a religious upbringing, but don’t really know Jesus as their Savior, might agree. They’ve most likely grown up without truly understanding what Jesus did for them and without knowledge of the Bible or its instruction to us. If they did understand Jesus and the Bible, then they’d know that the Holy Spirit was given to us to help us shine brightly in a dark world.

As a young man and prior to becoming a Pastor, I worked for an airline. About half way through my 14 year career there, a new policy was established. Employees could no longer share their faith with anyone unless someone first asked them about it. That was fine with me because I shared with people constantly, but not because I confronted people with the gospel. I would pray daily asking God to help me be a light and His laborer to share the love of Jesus by example first, and then word if they asked. When I was at work, I would do my best to have an excellent work ethic. I would read my Bible in public on my breaks. I would sprinkle conversations about how good the Lord was when I talked to people. I would try to show kindness and love while trying to be that light in any way I could. The result of that was people frequently asking me about my faith. They opened the door and I would walk through it with scriptures of Jesus' love and sacrifice for us. It was always a harvest field.

I am not in the airlines any more. I've been a Pastor for 34 years. Most of those I work with or am around do know the Lord. But, I greatly desire to reach the lost with the love of Jesus. So, I still pray that the Lord will use me outside the four walls of the church amongst those that don’t know Him. One of those ways God has led me to do that is through my website writing Fresh Manna, and through Social Media such as Facebook and Twitter. By taking the time to learn how to use these two mediums of outreach, I have reached people around the world. And I’ve discovered that nothing has changed and that even through Social Media, the aroma is there. There are those that dislike me just because I talk about Jesus and sometimes let me know it. But I have also touched countless others through my devotions and tweets about Jesus, sharing His love, promises, and His word.

I hear back from people daily. Here's one I received that made me smile and laugh! She found my devotionals through Twitter. She then wrote: "Pastor Tim, Fresh Manna was ... I just don't have the right words so I'll just say, I'm soo excited from it I'm smiling to the point of my cheeks hurting. I can feel what you wrote all in my bones. My heart and every cell are praising Jesus!! If it was not midnight I'd run thru the house. Don't wanna wake my neighbors. You always inspire me!... Have a blessed week!!” Yolanda

If your heart is to reach and touch people with His love, the Lord will help you do so in ways you can’t imagine and within YOUR OWN gifting. We are an aroma if we live for Him. Some are paying attention. Some won’t like it or you just because they feel guilty. Others are curious and will check you out. They're watching you to see if you are the real deal! And others are hungry to know what you know. Be that light and don’t hide it under a bushel! This is your significant life and there is nothing more significant! Be blessed as you are that light today!

Romans 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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