What's That Smell?
As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and the unsaved all around us. To those who are not being saved, we seem a fearful smell of death and doom, while to those who know Christ we are a life-giving perfume. But who is adequate for such a task as this? Only those who, like ourselves, are men of integrity, sent by God, speaking with Christ’s power, with God’s eye upon us. We are not like those hucksters—and there are many of them—whose idea in getting out the Gospel is to make a good living out of it. 2 Corinthians 2:15-17 TLB We were created with senses such as those we use to see, hear, smell and taste. Just as, to our benefit, our beating hearts keep us alive, God uses those hearts He gave us as the place He plants His Spirit. He also uses the senses He placed in us for our benefit and for His own purposes. As we follow Jesus, we carry the fragrance of our Savior among other people, but most importantly up to our Heavenly Father. It is a sweet, wholesome fragrance that we leave behind us as we walk through this fallen world. This scent should provoke those we pass to wonder about this pleasant aroma wafting by. Everyone alive has a beating heart, along with everything else God put into our living bodies. There will be those who do not appreciate the life-giving perfume that permeates the atmosphere as we share our love for Christ. Hopefully, the fragrance of Christ we carry will encourage them to use their own senses to taste and see the goodness of the Lord for themselves. However, that's where God comes in. He's got His eye on everything and He is watching to ensure that everything He created works for His glory. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 NIV