When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:12-17
There are times even in the work of the Gospel, that we grow weary. The circumstances around us are less than desirable, and what we hoped it would look like, the people we partner with, leave us disappointed and with a restless spirit.
Yet, God’s work remains undeterred by us. Furthermore, it is by the power of Christ, that not only God’s name is proclaimed and magnified gloriously, it transforms us so that THROUGH us, His name is declared and praised!
Our humanness is real, our struggle with the flesh is real, but if that were the end of the story, then what would be the point of carrying on? What’s the purpose of persevering and suffering?
The reason is clear and simple. Not us, but Christ. Yet through us, by Christ.
God chooses to use us, but in doing so, He transforms us. Liken to an aroma, a pleasant and sweet scent to God, where He not only uses us, but He is pleased and takes delight in us.
What does it mean that God takes delight in us? How do we respond to a God who not only chooses to use us for His glorious purposes, but who takes delight in who He has made us to be?