MNSAM Director's Devotion  
“But thanks be to God! For through what Christ has done, he has triumphed over us so that now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Gospel like a sweet perfume. As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to all around us”.   (2 Corinthians 2: 14, 15) 

In his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul used the imagery of the Roman Triumph, to proclaim the victory that Christ has won for the Christian. The Roman Triumph was the special tribute that Rome gave to its conquering generals. It was Rome’s equivalent to America’s “ticker-tape parade.” If a commanding general won a complete victory over the enemy on foreign soil, and if he killed at least 5,000 enemy soldiers and gained new territory for the Emperor, then that general was entitled to a Roman Triumph. The  processional would include the victorious general riding in a golden chariot, surrounded by his officers. It would also include a display of the spoils of battle, as well as the captive enemy soldiers. The Roman priests would also be in the parade, carrying burning incense to pay tribute to the gods and the victorious army. The procession would follow a special route through the city and would end at the Circus Maximus where the captives would be forced to entertain the people gathered in the huge Coliseum by fighting wild beasts. It was a special day of celebration in Rome when the citizens were treated to a full-scale “Roman Triumph.”  

How does Paul’s reference to the Triumph relate to the Christian today? Jesus Christ, our great Commander in Chief, came to foreign soil (earth) and completely defeated the enemy (Satan). Instead of killing 5,000 persons, He gave His life to save millions. He claimed the spoils of His battle with Satan  – lost souls who had been in bondage to sin and Satan. What a colossal victory! And the good news is that we share in His victory. In fact, Romans 8:37 tells us that, “We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us.” 

SWEET PERFUME 

Using the imagery of the “sweet perfume,” Paul used the picture of the priests who burned the incense during the Triumph. That odor affected different people in different ways. To the triumphant soldiers, it meant life and victory; but to the conquered enemy, it meant defeat and death; they were on their way to be killed by the beasts in the Coliseum. Paul used this reference to remind Christians that they are like incense, giving out the fragrance of Jesus Christ by how they lived. Yes, the beauty of what we have in “earthen vessels” (2 Corinthians 4:7) is expressed in how we live before our fellowmen. God’s presence and power in our lives causes us to be a ‘sweet-smelling’ fragrance to others.  How can we live so we spread this pleasing fragrance to others? We can show kindness and love; and we can share the joy of our salvation with others. Sharing what God has given us will assure us of a life of happiness and joy.  
 
THOUGHTS
 
    * Ten rules for getting rid of the blues: Go out and do something for someone else – and repeat it nine times. 
    * A smile is the most important thing one can wear! 
    * “So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.”   
 - Helen Keller
 
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