Roots are strengthened and established in good soil. If there is no fruit, then the soil needs to be amended. Amend means to improve. John the Baptist said in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Roots are hidden. All their work is done in secret. We can call it developing a secret history in Jesus. We serve before an audience of One. Everything we do is for Him.
We decrease the more we exemplify the Lord. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. We are a fragrant witness.
A fragrance is derived from something. Ecclesiastes 10:1 says, “Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, and cause it to give off a foul odor; so does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.” That is the wrong fragrance!
Here is the right one. Mary is our example. She sat at the feet of Jesus. She listened to every word with her heart. I love to think about this verse. John 12:3 says, “Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.” She exuded the fragrance of worship.
Here is a new song about this verse.
Extravagant Oil of Joy
I lift my unveiled face to gaze into Your face. Face to face I behold You as You behold me. No veil separates us. No fear of being known. We have intimate communion. Our hearts are knit as one.
I stand O Lord in Your presence unashamed. All guilt is washed away. All condemnation is cleansed. Through the blood. Through the shed blood of Jesus.
With joy I lift my heart in song. A song that flows through me like a river. A song that cascades and rushes to be expressed. In pure worship knowing Your joy as You behold me.
O the wonder. The marvelous wonder and awe. All my sins are cleansed in the power of Your blood. Let my joy be a fragrance that delights Your heart O God. An extravagant oil poured upon Your feet in worship.