Day 8: the aroma of Jesus

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If you haven’t read the post on salt from day 7 yet, read that first.  Otherwise this won’t make much sense.

The whole morning I was meditating on that question.  Let me repeat it for you: “Somewhere we are doing something wrong.  The world should be craving our company, our flavour, but they despise it quite often.  Why?”

I found the answer.  It’s a different analogy, but it explains it quite nicely.

2 Corintians 2 (The Message puts it so nicely): In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse. This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on? No—but at least we don’t take God’s Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ’s presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. We get what we say straight from God and say it as honestly as we can.

WOW!  Everywhere we go, we spread the flavour of salt.  Everywhere we go we spread the sweet scent of God.  Those who are saved, recognise the taste or the aroma and to them it is pleasing.  Those that are not saved do not have the same experience.  Why is that?

John 15:26 gives us a clue: When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

We have the Holy Spirit in us.  And the Holy Spirit starts to testify without us saying a word!  Those who are saved smell a sweet aroma.  Those who are not saved smell a rotten stench.  With the rotten stench, they experience a feeling of conviction, without us having to say anything.  They are convicted by the Holy Spirit.  Often times, they are so upset with it that they take it out on us.  Quite rightly so as well.  Afterall, we brought that smell in with us.

What an awesome thought.  In a way, people can smell God in me.  What an awesome thought indeed.

May I be a worthy carrier of the taste and the smell of God!

 

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