In 2 Corinthians 2:12-17 Paul uses 2 metaphors to describe his evangelism: 1) a military metaphor; 2) an olfactory metaphor. As we looked at these metaphors we asked 2 questions of ourselves about our personal evangelism:
1. Are we willing to be humbled?
Evangelism is humbling. It feels awkward, embarrassing, and scary. We often feel this way because we are prideful. Paul compares his evangelistic ministry to a victory parade led by a victorious general. In this parade, however, Paul is not the great victor, but the conquered subject being led through the streets. What a humbling metaphor for evangelism! We should not be surprised that our evangelism will be humbling. We may be mocked or rejected, but this is the humbling nature of evangelism.
2. Are we willing to speak?
Paul also uses the analogy of scent to describe his evangelistic ministry. He is the aroma of Christ to God. This aroma smells like life to some, but death to others. In verse 17 Paul makes it clear that to be an aroma of Christ means we are speaking about Christ. The aroma is the message of the Gospel. Often we want to evangelize without ever speaking, but Paul calls us to be willing to speak about the Gospel to others. This is scary and daunting, but we are to remember that we are not sufficient for this task, but the God we serve, who works through us, is sufficient!
May we be bold, gracious, and humble in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. Here are some discussion questions for your week: 2 Cor. 2.12-17 Notes.
-Pastor Nathan Hogan