“Preparing to Be a Sweet Aroma”

Advent #16: Hebrews 11 to 13

Christmas is soon to be upon us, and we are busy with preparations. We are busy with baking and preparing that one special meal to be shared with family and friends. But how are we doing in the area of personal diligence as we busy ourselves in the kitchen? Are we monitoring our intake or when we stand on the scales do we stand with mouths agape. We drag out our old wardrobe of the past and fail to keep our bodies, which are the temple of the Holy Spirit, in proper alignment. Instead of correcting our errors, we become fainthearted, and as James says, we walk away and forget what we have been shown! Are we being diligent not just with our physical but our spiritual minds as well?

The scriptures are clear. We are to be a sweet aroma of life to life. We can start by making a list of those things we are grateful for and be that sweet aroma amongst a dark and fallen world. This reminds us of the words of Paul: “So then, dear brothers and sisters stand firm. Do not be moved! Always be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work. Know this Beloved, “your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” [1 Cor 15:58]

What is your goal this year? Is it to be counted among the faithful in the Hall of Heroes of Hebrews 11?

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