Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2:12–17
Key Verse: “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.” (2 Corinthians 2:14-15)
In an old fairy tale, an odd-looking baby bird finds itself among a family of chickens. It doesn’t fit in or look like the others and is tread unkindly. The young bird wonders, “Who am I? Why am I here?” One time the bird matures into a beautiful swan. The bird does not become a swan; it was always a swan.
As young followers of Jesus, our lives may sometimes look more like a barnyard than a fragrance shop. We may wonder if we really are who we claim to be or if we have anything to offer God. This matter of our identity must be settled.
God leads us in a triumphal parade. Who am I to God that I would be viewed as worthy of being displayed? God purchased our victory over sin by sending his Son to give his life as a sacrifice. The aroma of our changed lives is an invitation to others to see what God has done in us. And the Father is delighted. We are God’s success story, and the sweet of Christ in our lives is pleasant.
We are breathtaking to God. While we see our imperfection, God knows we are becoming his finished, perfect work. The next time you question your identity, remember the swan.
How do your attitudes, words, and actions spread the sweetness of Christ to others?
What would change in your life if you genuinely believed God delights in you?
Explore a deeper understanding of yourself as being breathtaking to God by looking up the following verses: Psalm 139:14, Isaiah 43:1, Ephesians 2:10. Then journal or express what you discover.
Design a t-shirt, backpack, or notebook cover that portrays your understanding of your identity in Christ.
Dear God, the more I learn about you, the more clearly I understand who I am. Teach me to reject the lies about myself and to embrace what you call good and beautiful. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.