My precious husband surprised me with a gift of different perfumes, so that I can try all of them to see which one I like the best. Well, this morning I spritzed several of them into the air to test them. Thankfully the aroma is not overwhelming me, but making the atmosphere a little more pleasant.
What do you smell like when you walk into a room? No, I'm not talking about the fragrance your wearing. The apostle Paul put it this way in his second letter to the church in Corinth:
"For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?"
Some scents may be amazing to me, but at the same time could make you feel a little sick. It isn't like we are changing what scent we put on, but rather the perspective of reception takes a drastic turn. When Christ walked into a room, responses to Him ranged from one end of the spectrum to the other. It should be the same for us...unless we are trying to mask the scent in certain circles.
I cannot help but think of the broken alabaster box in connection to this topic. The whole house became filled with the fragrance of unashamed worship...then almost immediately one that witnessed in disapproval soon sought out a way to betray the Lord for money.
We are to one an aroma that brings death and to the other an aroma that brings life. I dare you to let your world be filled with the fragrance of Christ and your love for Him - but be prepared for very different responses from those breathing in the scent.
Father, don't let me try to contain and mask the aroma of the Lord Jesus. I love You, and I want all to know it. I don't want to keep the lid on the box, but to break it in desperate worship of You. Please help me when responses are not what I expect. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16