After months of angst and denial I have finally accepted the inevitable – The end of a nine-year love/hate relationship with my nine-year-old computer. This computer was out-of-date and extremely unreliable, but would I be able to master a new computer with WINDOW 10? Friends would say, “Why wouldn’t you?” The Deacons of my church, two very good friends and my sister and brother-in-law offered financial assistance. With the encouragement of friends and family, I asked a friend who knew about computers to find one to meet my specific needs [a computer that would support Google Chrome]. My friend found one and arrived arrived at my house a few days later, with a new tower and keyboard. When I saw the box, I knew there was no turning back. My Christian brother also found the computer for a very reasonable price and one I could afford.
Seeing my Christian brother’s enthusiasm in using his expertise to set up the computer for me was very reassuring and comforting to my semi-literate computer brain. What also encouraged me was the fresh “NEW Commuter Smell” and the smooth clean feel of the new keyboard. I imagine it’s somewhat like buying a new car and experiencing the “NEW Car Smell” and sitting on the new cool smooth upholstery.
As my friend worked with me and explained what I needed to know about WINDOWS 10, I was reminded of two Scriptures:
“But thanks to God, who in Christ always leads a triumphant procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere” [II Corinthians 2:14].
“And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” [Ephesians 5:2].
My Christian brother is an example of Christ to me. He wanted to help me find and set up a NEW computer that would meet my needs. In addition, he took the time to teach me what I needed to know. It is so encouraging and comforting to know Christians like him. I have seen, through the media, stories about “Evangelical Christians” who are filled with hate, who do not love their neighbors or foreigners or the poor and destitute in the same way they love themselves. Instead, they are self-centered and greedy, and always thinking, “What’s in it for me?” These “Evangelical Christians” are not “the fragrance of Christ.” They are just the opposite. They are the stench of hate and death.
My Christian brother doesn’t want anyone to know about his “good deed,” nor does he want to be paid for his time. He said he would rather wait for his reward in heaven. That will be easy to do, because a person helping someone who is somewhat techno-phobic with setting up a NEW Computer may not be as newsworthy as a large group picketing with hateful signs and shouting bigoted slurs. But to God, his “good deed” is written in the Book of Life.
Why can’t all Christians smell like my Christian brother, who exudes the fragrance of Christ? II Corinthians 5:17 teaches:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW creation. The old has past; behold, the NEW has come.”
My Christian brother and many others I know who identify themselves as “Christians” are NEW Creations. They have the NEW Creation smell. They radiate the fragrance of Christ to all who need His help and love. Thanks to all who have been Christ to me when I needed to be reminded of His love and care for me. I am very grateful for I am truly blessed.
Love in Christ,