The Upper Room – March 2012

Meditation for ‘The Upper Room’

Smelly for Christ?’

Suggested Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

Text: 2 Cor.2: 15,16. ‘For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.’

Many years ago, I visited Egypt for a Christian Women’s Conference and one day, particularly vivid in my memory was going to the Zabaleen area where Christians live and work by sorting out the garbage from the city of Cairo with its teeming millions of people. The rubbish was piled high on every side, plastics in one heap, bottles in another, rubber tyres, etc. They are like small mountains and in the middle a tiny concrete church building. Fires were raging from unrecyclable material and pigs were running around the church disposing of anything edible. The stench outside was horrible, but I felt such warm loving fellowship inside the church, it was like the sweetest perfume imaginable. One little girl, obviously very poor, came up to me and broke off a piece from her loaf of bread to present to me. In Arabic she said: ‘In the name of Christ.’

How do we appear to people we meet every day? Are we pleasant to people we encounter in the bus queues, in the supermarket, at the office? Do others sense that we are Christians, leaving behind us an aroma of Christ? Or do we give them the smell of death by our attitudes?

Prayer: ‘Lord Jesus, help me to carry your fragrance to those in need today.’

Thought for the Day: Have I forgotten to pray for someone I know, who may be in need?