2 Corinthians 2:14-16 (New International Version)
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?“
The answer to the question in verse 16 is found a few short verses in chapter 3:5.
2 Corinthians 3:5 (New International Version)
“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”
It is God! When following Christ in humble submission, HE gets all the glory! We may have been the instrument, but it is his hand and his power the task is completed.
(The following is derived from T. Austin Sparks sermon, “The Incense-Bearer.”)
True ministry eliminates the self/flesh/satisfaction in our lives.
True ministry is “…our life and heart passion…is Christ Himself-not ourselves, but Christ Himself should be known.”
When we direct our focus to Christ, then he by his power in our lives let himself be made known to others.