From: Rich Carlson
Date: December 6, 2019
Subject: It's December 6; Good Morning Union

“You are the aroma of Christ…”         2 Corinthians 2:15

I found 5 metaphors in the first part of Paul’s second letter to the people in Corinth describing Christ and me:

  1. “You are the aroma of Christ” 2:15
  2. “You are a letter from Christ”  3:3
  3. “You are His reflection”  3:18
  4. “You are jars of clay holding His treasure”  4:7
  5. “you are Christ’s ambassador” 5:20

Smell is one of the first senses that give me a “sense” of what’s close by. When I walk in the Ortner Center and our bakery is active, the smell of fresh baked bread hits my senses before the door hits my backside! Before I see it, I smell it. I wonder if when people get near me they “smell” that I am in the presence of God? What is their first impression?

Very few people seem to write letters anymore, except my mother, so I wonder if it would be safe to substitute “text” for letter? “You are a text from God.” So when the phone knocks what text are people receiving from me that indicates I’m with Christ? Or what text might they receive that indicates that I am not first with God?

And like the moon reflects the light of the sun, I want people to see me only as a reflector of Jesus.

I’m only a clay jar, but I’m of inestimable value because of the promise that Christ dwells in me. And that’s all I want to be- a simple container for Jesus to continue His work.

And, as an ambassador represents a nation, so I want to represent a kingdom—the kingdom of God, carrying its message accurately wherever I am.

So have a great day joining me in being a 5 part metaphor for our Master,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the Day:      “You can’t change the past but you can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future.”


PS        Family Worship- The Union College Division of Fine Arts will present its annual Christmas Vespers concert in the College View Church sanctuary. Christmas music will be performed by the Unionaires, UC Singers, Concert Winds, UC Ringers, Union College Orchestra, Daniel Martinez and the Guitar Ensemble, organist Brent Shaw and other performers. There will be congregational carols sung. Come celebrate the Christmas season with us.

Afterglo- right after Family worship, this week hosted by Campus Ministries liaison Alex and his Fine Arts friends.