This morning I read this sentence from a fellow blogger:
Beloved, I don’t think we fully realize the atmosphere of heaven we carry wherever we go.i – Mel Wild
How that struck me to tears! That is my heart’s wish – that wherever I go the atmosphere of heaven would cling to me and emanate from me.
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? 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 (ESV)
Who is sufficient indeed? The word used here means sufficient in ability, i. e. meet, fit, worthy, able. Certainly not me. I feel my lack every day. But what does he promise?
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
The word Jesus uses here means to be possessed of unfailing strength; to be strong, to suffice, to be enough.
“To be enough!” His grace. And that is the only way that this atmosphere of heaven will accompany me – if I let myself be weak in Him. If I lean into him, surrender, yield, allow his unfailing strength to replace my puny, never-enough efforts. May the fragrance of his love and life cling to us and change the atmosphere wherever we go.
Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God … 2 Corinthians 12:9
See also Uncommon Fragrance of Jesus
i The dance for Paul by Mel Wild https://melwild.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-dance-for-paul/