SWEET or SOUR? A fragrant perfume?

Sweet or sourA farmer invited a friend into his apple orchard to taste the fruit and make some fresh apple cider. But the friend gently refused. After he also refused another invitation, the farmer said, “I guess you must be prejudiced against my apples”

The friend replied, “Well, to tell you the truth, I have tasted them, but I found them very sour”

The farmer asked which apples he had eaten and was told the ones that fell over the fence.

“Ah yes. They ARE sour. I planted those to fool the boys who live around here. However, if you come inside a few rows, you will find a difference.”

On the edges of Christianity we will find some “sour apples” . . . .

There are many people who for a variety of reasons, live on the edge of Christianity, calling themselves Christian, but having no relationship with Jesus Christ. Many of these are ‘good living’ people, but sadly there are also many who are “sour” and give Christianity a bad taste and a bad name.

There are also some who have trusted Christ but live on the edge,
having no sound teaching, not receiving spiritual food from the Word of God,
not knowing His very real presence through prayer
and not fellowshipping with brothers and sisters in Christ
in a Bible teaching Church.

2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace
and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Colossians 3:16 NLT
Let the Word of Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives.

2 Timothy 3:16 CEV
Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word.
All of it is useful for teaching and helping people
and for correcting them and SHOWING THEM HOW TO LIVE.
The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.

In the centre, however, are delicious fruits, sweet and desirable.
Since Christ is the Head of His Church, He is central,
and it is true that the closer we are to God, the sweeter will be the fruit.
When we depend on Him and He controls our life,
His light, love, peace and joy will FLOW THROUGH US to all we encounter.

exclamationexclamation2 Corinthians 2:15 CEV
God thinks of us as
A PERFUME THAT
BRINGS CHRIST TO EVERYONE.
For people who are being saved,
this perfume has a sweet smell
and leads them to a better life.

Questions for every blood-bought, adopted child of the living God

questionquestionAm I a perfume that brings Christ
to everyone I encounter?

Or do I need to move to the ‘centre’
closer to the heart of God?

What practical steps can I determine,
with God’s enabling, to achieve this?

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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9 Responses to SWEET or SOUR? A fragrant perfume?

  1. Your three questions are very poignant Angela. What steps do I need to take to come closer to the Heart of Father God? Lately He has been speaking to me about being still and knowing He is God in the midst of ministry.

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  2. Rob Barkman says:

    You are making a great point Angela. There are those who might take the name of Christ but bring dishonor to His name. What a horrible condition to be in! If we take the name of Christ, let us all bring honor and glory to His name. If we have no intention of living our lives for Him, let us not fool others, and ourselves, by taking upon us the wonderful name of Jesus!

    Happy Mother’s Day (a bit late) Angela!

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    • Thanks Rob. If only all blood-bought, adopted children of the living God would live according to their calling, Christ would be seen and He would draw others to Himself. The world would be a different place,

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  3. Debbie says:

    Thank you, Mentor Angela for helping us draw closer to Jesus! God bless you as you glorify Him!

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