Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Diesel Fuel

My father passed away seventeen years ago, but even now when I think of him I remember a scent that was a combination of diesel fuel, Vaseline hair tonic and garlic.

He was a Marine engineer and spent his life in the engine room of tugboats.  He didn't have to tell anyone, though, that he worked on diesel engines.  The smell just seem to exude out of his very pores.  His hair, his clothes and his skin had absorbed the odor.

For those who know the Lord Jesus as our Savior and who consistently follow a walk with Him through time in the Scriptures, prayer and fellowship with other Christians, don't usually have to blatantly tell anyone they are Christians.  His attitude of humility, kindness and love will exude out of them because His Spirit lives within them.  If that is not the case, then there is a problem somewhere along the line.

When we become Christians the Bible says we are become "new creatures."  The old us is passed away and we enter a life characterized by walking "in newness of life."  We may not always choose to walk by faith in this newness, but our choices do not change the fact of the matter.

Let us pray that our lives will always "exude" those qualities of our Lord's Holy Spirit who indwells our own spirits.  May we, by faith, make those choices which reveal to the world the great work of a new creation which has been wrought in us.

"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him:
Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, 
as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."
 Colossians 2: 6,7

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