Monday, February 4, 2008

You are what you eat!

In my house, we love Italian food. I mean we really love it. We have a theory that the greater the amount of garlic in a recipe, the greater the satisfaction to the palate! The only thing better than the enticing fragrance as the dish cooks is the savoring of each delicious bite. But tomorrow always comes. The garlic that delighted the previous evening greets everyone you meet with its noxious odor for the next couple of days. You try scrubbing. You try soaking. You try brushing. But try as we may, we can't get rid of the smell. Each breath delivers a whiff to those who dare to stand close. In short, we stink!

Did you know that when we fill ourselves up with Christ and His power, we can smell up a room for HIM. Not the noxious odor that comes along with last night's spaghetti. But the sweet, sweet aroma of a saving GOD who reaches to all the senses of the lost! The "fragrance of the knowledge of him" that "through us" Christ "spreads everywhere". Why that makes me hungry! For HIM! A hunger that is satisfied only with this God who fills up our lives, and penetrates all our senses. I want to be the child that with just one sniff, others will know whose I am. I want each exhaling breath to deliver a whiff, a whiff of an incomparable God! Who, when we are in HIM, makes us a new creation. Not a fixed up reproduction of our old selves, but a totally new creation! (2 Corinthians 5:17"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!")

So breathe deep. What do you smell? May each breath deliver a whiff of Christ who is in you. Anything else just stinks.

2 Corinthians 2:15 "For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing."

Praise HIM!

15 comments:

Heather said...

Kim, thank you for your sweet words on my blog today. It was a tough day, but it seems to be getting a bit better. Davin came home from school a bit early because he was uncomfortable, but I do notice him being a bit less sore than last night. Thank you for praying.

I also enjoyed your post. You have such a gift for turning the every day things into a spiritual lesson. I love that. I always learn so much by reading your blog.

Kim S in SC said...

Oh, Heather, I'm so glad that Davin seems to be more comfortable this evening.
And thank you for your encouragement. What a great God that He is the God of eternity AND the God of our everyday life! And I am still discovering that for myself daily! Glory to HIM!Know that I will continue to pray with you!

Gardener Greg said...

Great post Kim. I ended my fast after 36 hours but I plan on eating lite today and doing it again. I find that when I keep myself a little hungry I take in more of God's word. I have to look a little deeper into this fasting thing. Oh and by the way, You are filling up the room with a sweet aroma of our God. Thanks.

Mike said...

Great thoughts. Thank you.

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

I love that Kim. To think that we are the "aroma" of Christ. I love being around others of like precious faith where that aroma drifts across the room... even across the cable lines :)

Kim S in SC said...

Greg: I'm so glad that you are hungry for HIS Word. It shows in your writing! The aroma is floating over your site and in your posts!

Mike: Thank you! What great teaching you have on your site!

Susan: Yes, it is nice to spend time with others who are loving our LORD! It has been such a surprise, and wonderful blessing, to find so many here in bloggy land that I feel like are true Christian friends! Thanks for being one of them!

ncurager2 said...

Kim - you are such a fireball and a blessing....a real woman of faith. Thanks for your transparency and "down to earth" realism. It makes us feel normal

See you tomorrow night

Joanna

~Robin said...

Good stuff!

Penless Thoughts said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I see we have the Lord in common as the center of our lives!!! Great post here.
Susan

Donna Johnson said...

Kim:
I am having an unusually bad week at work this week, dealing with people who feed off of good people instead of finding the good in themselves. I don't think I will ever understand why people take advantage of the hand that takes care of them. If everyone could let God take the reigns and guide them we would all live a much richer life. I won't be able to attend this evening, Andrew, my son is be inducted into the Beta Club at RVHS. Give my best to everyone and I hope that everyone has a successful over the next week and I will keep you all in my prayers. Please add my parents Dick and Mary Ellen into the prayer requests for the week.

Barbara said...

A good analogy. I have posted another chapter.

nannykim said...

Well, well, that is the first time I have heard Christ compared to Garlic---just kidding!! I had to come visit you because my name is Kim, too, and I also live in SC!! Now I will go back and read your post a little more slowly ;-)

Angie said...

I've had this same thought and written similar words with a different twist. It's the prayer of my heart too. Bless you, sister.

Gardener Greg said...

I must be turning into fruits and nuts. This new diet is working.

LAUREN at Faith Fuel- said...

Love Italian food. I love the Italian sentiment, also, of "abundanza" (did I spell that right?!)- God's abundance of grace and love is always there for us!

"Weighting" on the Lord

Let this be a place of encouragement for you in your own walk!