Tuesday, January 22, 2008

That smells nice!

Have you ever walked by someone in the mall or other social environment and just fallen into this trance like stated because of how good the smell, like they walk by and you catch a hint of whatever kind of cologne or perfume he or she is wearing? I live in a pretty cool apartment building downtown; it used to be an old hotel built in the early 1900’s. Because of that we have many residents using one main elevator and some mornings or Friday or Saturday nights I get on an can barley breathe because whoever just got off or was in it before I was had on so much perfume or cologne that it is overwhelming. We’ve all been in the gym and walked by that one guy that makes your nose hairs curl up. The point is we all have a smell or scent to us.
I was reading 2 Corinthians the other day and came across this beautiful little idea of followers of Christ smelling.

For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task (2 Corinthians 2:15-16, NIV)?”

We are to be an aroma of Christ among those being saved and those who are perishing. That’s great Paul, thanks, what in the world does that mean? The Corinthian church is and was infamous for their immorality. Paul is writing them to remind them of their salvation in Christ and focus them on the life of following Christ should look like. Paul is talking about how we live our lives, our actions, our speech, and our interactions with other people, make us smell. We can be an aroma to some and a stench to others, but we are to always be a pleasing aroma to God. On a daily basis how do you smell (spiritually)? May you be an aroma pleasing to God, like the aroma of a fresh cherry pie from grandmas!

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