Do You Smell?
Oh, the wonderful days of pre-teen life. The days when the body and attitudes begin to change and not always for the best. Then the day comes when your parents look at you, and in a nice way, tell you that you stink, and you need to start wearing deodorant. It is from that day forward that we are forever linked to a stick or can of spray just so people can stand to be near us.
Did you know that as followers of Jesus we are called to smell? For some of us that is great news because we have it covered well. In II Corinthians 2:12 Paul begins to write about the wonderful opportunity he had to preach the gospel in Troas. He writes it like this in verse 14, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” Paul likens the opportunity to spread the gospel to a sweet aroma. Then Paul throws out a challenge to all who would call themselves followers of Jesus Christ. In verse 15, “For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” There it is-the call to smell. Okay, maybe Paul is speaking of something different here. Have you ever walked into a place that sells candles or perfume? When you walk in the door the smell immediately grabs your attention. Now for some it is a pleasant experience. There are those smells that remind us of the joy of the holidays, baked cookies, or evergreen. The smell transports us to a place or time that brings good memories.
As followers of Jesus that is exactly what our lives are called to do. For the fellow believer our fellowship reminds them of wonderful promises of God, the power of sweet fellowship, and the power of salvation. On the other hand, our lives do the exact opposite to those who are lost. Our lives remind them that there is something missing in their own lives. The aroma of our faith should speak very loud and clear that they are missing out on the greatest gift ever given, eternal life. It reminds them the grave still has power over them.
Let me ask the question. Do you smell? Do we have such an aroma other believers want to be with and around us? Does the way we live remind the lost that there is a Jesus that loves them and wants a relationship with them? Let us put on the cologne of Jesus. The sweet aroma for those of us who are saved and a reminder to the lost of their need of a Savior.
Until we see each other again, I’ll smell ya later.