Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Changing the Atmosphere - Martin Wiles

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. John 1:16 NLT

A little smell goes a long way.

Atomizers have been popular since the age of perfume making in ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, and the Middle East. Although various bottle styles now hold perfume and other elements, the first modern atomizers appeared in the mid-1850s and were used by apothecaries to spray throat medicines.

In the late 1870s, atomizers were displayed by the major perfumer makers at the Paris Exposition Universalle. These bottles became a popular method for ladies to apply perfume. By the 1920s and 1930s, women could share their perfume with anyone they met. The smell permeated whatever room the lady entered, wafting by the nostrils of everyone she encountered.

God’s grace is similar, yet even more potent. According to John, it’s abundant and from it blessings—one after another—flow to everyone who confronts it.

God places no limit on His grace. The Bible’s most popular verse says God loves the entire world, not just a select few. Neither does God want anyone to perish but rather for all to share in His saving grace.

As a recipient of God’s grace, I can change the atmosphere of my world by disseminating His grace to others. By sharing the story of God’s love, I squirt little drops of His grace to everyone I come across—at work, at home, on the internet, through my writing. Opportunities to spread grace through the air abound. And since God’s grace is limitless, my efforts to share it should be also.

The grace God gives is unconditional—as should my grace squirts to others be. For God’s grace to make a difference in my eternity, I must confess my sins and accept His forgiveness, but even if I don’t God still gives me His common grace in various forms.

God’s grace is excessive. He doesn’t like small dollops. He wants me to give the same measure to others. Big acts of love and service on a consistent basis throughout my lifetime. Not acts that necessarily take a lot of money or gain the attention of others, but acts that change people’s atmospheres.
And sometimes that only takes a hug, an encouraging word, or a seat beside them.

Don’t just soak up God’s grace. Channel it to others and change their atmosphere.

Prayer: Father, thank You for giving us Your grace. May we perfume others with it daily. 

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