How Do You Smell?
Has anyone ever asked you that question? There is probably no safe way to answer that! There are smells we are attracted to & smells that repel us. Today, I was in a candle shop and I smelled a cinnamon apple candle. It always reminds me of Christmas time. That is an attractive scent to me. To someone else it might be repelling. Today we want to notice our fragrance.
Paul talks about fragrance in II Cor. 2:14-16. (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. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the One, we are the aroma of death leading to death, unto the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things). Notice the phrase, “Thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ.” Paul lived under the rule of the Roman Empire. When a Roman general won a war, he would ride his chariot through the streets of Rome with the opposing general chained to his chariot & being dragged behind it. That is what Paul was saying that God does. He leads us in Christ’s triumph. That should always keep us humble. He goes on to say that the result is that through us Christ diffuses the fragrance of knowing Him everywhere we go.
Have you ever been around someone who gives off the fragrance of Jesus? Several years ago when I was pastor of a church, I met a grandmother of one of the worship team. She gave the fragrance of Jesus. She would always give me a big hug and tell me that God loved me. She would always have an encouraging word to share with me about ministry. She lived in the projects on welfare, but she walked with Jesus. She would witness to all the neighborhood about God’s love. She always had a story about some child being saved at her house. I used to call her when I got discouraged about the church. She always refreshed me and reminded me it was God’s work and not mine.
Now some people like this aroma and love to smell it in other Christians. It is the aroma of life, supernatural life, eternal life, spiritual life! Aren’t there certain Christians you just love to be around? You can smell the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control just radiating from them. They are life to be around and lead you to life. It is because they are chained to the chariot of Christ’s triumph over death and sin. They are not perfect, but they smell real good!
Some people shun or run from these people. They call them names like “Jesus freaks.” They smell like death to them. That means death to fun, partying, sexual freedom, and doing my own thing. Death leading to more death. They would rather believe God is dead and that He has no relevance in their lives.
So, what aroma is coming from your life? Is it life? Is it love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control? The great news is you get to choose your aroma just like you get to choose your perfume or cologne (hopefully).
It is best when we are chained to the chariot of Christ’s triumph and led by Him in all that we do. Be fragrant today with His aroma!
Ron Dunn- Chained to the Chariot