Friday, April 12, 2013


What is your odor?

Last year when I took possession of a piece of property, 
that had been abandon for twelve to fifteen, years the 
garlic above was the only green thing on the place.
That was on January the 15th.  So every thing else was
dead for the winter.  But it was not in a former garden,
but on the side of a ravine in the woods.
How it got there, only God himself knows.

One of the things that amazes me about garlic is the 
way it will "hang in there".   Even under my care -
where every thing else I try to help - dies.

Garlic reminds me of two Scriptural truths.
l.  One of course is it's tenaciousness.   Despite some
church doctrines, from Genesis to Revelation the 
Scriptures have a constant, reoccuring theme.   
For example, Matthew 10:22.
"...but he that endureth to the end shall be saved."

2.  Then there is the odor.  Now that comes in two ways.
a.  If it is on some's breath -- well that is not so good.
b.  But if you are hungry, and some garlic bread is being
made -  Wow!  We will not even mention the health

What has that got to do with our life???

If we are a Christian,
"For we are like a sweet-smellng incense offered
by Christ to God, which spreads among those who
are being saved and those who are being lost.
For those who are being lost, it is a deadly stench
that kills, but for those who are being saved it is a
fragrance that brings life...."
(2 Corinthians 2:15,16 GNB)

Our life should be such that it produces,
a deadly smell to the world because of our godliness,
but a sweet smell to the kingdom of God.


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