Derek, August 29 2018

The fragrance will be your testimony

It’s not the actions of tending our garden, nor the detailed explanations of the process, which draw others to the testimony of Jesus in our lives.

Instead, it’s the fragrance of our fruit.

So you see it pays no dividends to let your works be known before man or to focus your efforts on eloquently accurate words about your process.

Instead, tend your garden.

Tend your garden in secret, with Him alone.

The satisfaction you find in this hidden place will produce all the fragrant evidence needed for the testimony of Jesus to spread from your life.

Consider this account from Song of Songs in the Passion Translation:

Jesus, to us —

The fragrance of your worshiping love surrounds you with scented robes of white. 4:12
Your inward life is now sprouting, bringing forth fruit. What a beautiful paradise unfolds within you. When I’m near you, I smell aromas of the finest spice, for many clusters of my exquisite fruit now grow within your inner garden. 4:13–14

Our reply to Jesus —

Spare nothing as you make me your fruitful garden. Hold nothing back until I release your fragrance. Come walk with me as you walked with Adam in your paradise garden. Come taste the fruits of your life in me. 4:16–5:1

The reply of our friends, who have now noticed the sweet fragrance coming from our lives —

O rarest of beauty, where then has your lover (Jesus) gone? We long to see him too. Where may we find him? We will follow you as you seek after him. 6:1

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