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Worship Jesus Ministries Trust Presents
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Monday, Jan 23, 2023

Beautiful thing

Hosea 14:6”His young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.”
….his fragrance like the cedars of Lebanon.

Hey friend, I am not talking about the superb deodorant that would vanish after a while, I am talking about the ‘spiritual smell’ on you that would be like the cedars of Lebanon, you will be an aroma for Christ wherever you go.  Are you listening?
Jesus was amazed when a woman opened an alabaster bottle of very expensive perfume and poured it on the head of Jesus; while many around who witnessed this act, found it weird but Jesus said, ‘she has done a beautiful thing to me!’

Jesus said: “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” (NIV)  (Mark 14:6)  Jesus looks at the heart! Yes, His eyes penetrate to see the thoughts behind our every act! While the crowd around missed to see the ‘colossal love’ behind her act of pouring the expensive perfume over His head – Jesus saw that! Amen.  This is what is called to smell like the cedars of Lebanon, when she poured that expensive perfume on the head of Jesus, she started smelling like the cedars of Lebanon, wow!


  • Friend, when you have huge outstanding bills to pay and your neck deep in financial crisis; yet, during this time, when you open your hands and give your tithe offerings to God – Jesus would say, ‘she/he has done a beautiful thing to me and she smells like the cedars of Lebanon.!
  • When you skip a night party and attend an all-night prayer service – God would say, ‘she/he has done a beautiful thing to me and she smells like the cedars of Lebanon!
  • When you control the urge to buy the latest mobile and when you help a poor kid pay her fees – Jesus would look at you and say, ‘that’s a beautiful thing you have done and he smells like the cedars of Lebanon.!  Come on, look at the needs before you today!

Around 20 years back, when I was on maternity leave, along with my husband we would leave my infant son and daughter with the maid and go to the local Government hospitals to pray and distribute biscuits for the poor children during weekends and also held prayer meetings for slum children.  Today, God has blessed us with Abide School, a free school for the under privileged kids and also Abide Angel Home, a free hostel for the poor kids in Hyderabad.  During a particular season in our life when we did not have regular cooks and workers in the school, yet we had to run the show, I pitched in to cook with fire wood, those were days we were suffering financially too.  At the end of the day, my clothes and body would smell of smoke and it was a painful job, but I just couldn’t escape.  I worked for nearly two decades in the most reputed and posh corporate companies and the last one being a multinational bank but then I had to go through rough terrain in my life.  However, friend, God is not going to be a silent spectator of your troubles, He did bring a remedy (though not immediately) and now we have the BEST workers.  Are you an aroma for Christ today??


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