Today’s Reading: Ephesians 5
Key Verses: Ephesians 5:18-19
“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
The words “in Christ” are repeated 35 times. There are also 35 directives given, one for each reminder of our position “in Christ.” Our reading begins with the directive, “Walk in love as Christ also has loved us.” His love is a sweet-smelling aroma. I read a sign in a shop window: “Aroma Therapy.” We breathe deeply of the aroma of Christ every day. Having been saturated in His fragrance, we carry that fragrance with us for at least 24 hours. We mentioned this in our reading from 2 Corinthians 2:14-17. Christ definitely passes the smell test! Do we? According to Paul, there are 35 ingredients that make up His fragrance. His constant presence in us will exude His fragrance through our behavior.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord God, may I receive grace from You to be like Jesus, speaking as He would speak, and doing as he would do. May the fragrance of Jesus permeate my person so that others will know I’m “in Christ,” and He is in me. Lord, may I not be under the influence of wine, but filled with Your Spirit and under Your strong influence at all times. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Three years after I made my lifetime commitment to Christ, I was discouraged and said to God, “I can’t live the Christian life as I should. I might as well quit!” His response was unmistakable. I heard that still small Voice of the Lord say, “Good, go ahead and quit. Now perhaps you’ll let Me live the Christian life in you and through you.” Suddenly I felt totally free! I can’t begin to describe the feeling of elation I experienced. I knew beyond any doubt that my life would be lived “in Christ.” Later that winter, I recall trying to start a friend’s car in Chalk River with my 1947 Plymouth and booster cables. The temperature was almost 50 degrees below zero. It took patience and persistence but finally there was ignition and he was on his way. Leading others to Christ may be a challenge, but with persistence and the right connection, it will happen.
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