Today for Spiritual Sunday ,I have an excerpt from my favorite Book, "A Normal Christian Life "
by Watchman Nee.I pray it will be a Blessing to you. To visit our Host& to be blessed by others ,
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Fragrance, an excerpt from" The Normal Christian Life ", By Watchman Nee
And the house was filled with the odour of the ointment John 12:3
By the breaking of that flask and the anointing of Jesus , the house was pervaded with the sweetest fragrance. Everyone could smell it and none could be unaware of it. What is the significance of this ?
Whenever you meet someone who has suffered -someone who has gone through experiences with the Lord that have brought limitations and who,instead of trying to break free in order to be"used"has been willing to be imprisoned by Him and has thus learned to find satisfaction with the Lord and nowhere else-then immediately you become aware of something. Immediately your spiritual sense can detect a sweet odour of Christ. Something has been crushed , something has been broken in that life , so you smell the odour. That odour that filled that house that day in Bethany still fills the church today; Mary's fragrance never passes. It needed one stroke to break the flask for her Lord, but her action- that unreserved giving and the fragrance of her anointing ---abides.
We are speaking here of what we are , not of what we do or what we preach.Perhaps you have been asking the Lord for a long time that he will be pleased to use you in such a way as to impart impressions of Himself to others .That prayer is not exactly for the gift of teaching or preaching . It is rather that you might be able , in your touch with others , to impart God, the presence of God, the sense of God. Let me tell you Dear Friends, you cannot produce such impressions of God without the breaking of everything , even your most precious possessions, at the feet of the Lord Jesus.
But if once that point is reached you may or may not seem to be much used in an outward way, but God will begin to use you to create a hunger in others . People will sense Christ in you. The most unlikely people will detect that. They will sense here is one who has gone with the Lord, one who has suffered , one who has not moved freely, independently,but has known what it is to subject everything to Him. That kind of life creates hunger and hunger provokes men to go seeking until they are brought to divine revelation into the fullness of life in Christ.