In ancient times, whenever a Roman general and his soldiers returned from a great victory, they would be greeted by roaring and celebrative crowds. The parade would be led by priests carrying burning incense symbolizing the fragrance of victory. With this image in mind, the Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.”
No matter the difficult circumstances before us or the obstacles placed in our way, the ministry of the gospel is always powerful and victorious. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, our victory is assured. With renewed peace and confidence, our journey through life does not have to be a burden, but a triumphal procession.
With joyful hearts rooted in Christ Jesus, we are able to spread the knowledge of our victory in Christ. With lives reflecting our thanksgiving and love for God, we can’t help but to spread the inviting fragrance of the gospel with all people whom God has placed on our path.
We can go to the Lord and pray; “Just as a person can walk into a home and be overpowered by the aroma of freshly baking bread, Oh Lord, may a person enter my presence and be overpowered by the fragrance of you living in me. May the joy and confident victory that I have in You, attract others to receive the fragrance of knowing Christ as Lord and Savior. Thank you for Your life. Amen.”