Every time I preach it's life and death.
That's not an exaggeration. At least it's not according to today's reading. Through the ministry God has given me, it's the aroma of Christ and life to life for some, death to death for others. I think that means that some will draw near to God and experience life. Some will turn away from God and get closer to death. It probably means more than that too.
But the one thing it means for me: ministry is serious business. Sure, I want to be funny (when appropriate). Sure, I want to be a teacher and help people understand. But I HAVE to be earnest. Lives are at stake.
That's a good reminder for me today.