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One of the best things about this time of the year is all the smells; the scents of the season if you will. Wood burning in the fireplace, pumpkin spice and vanilla candles, roast cooking in the crockpot for Sunday lunch and let’s not forget the smell of Fall. I used to think that people were crazy to think that Fall had an actual scent, but they’re not. Sometimes when I go outside and take a nice long sniff I can smell a little something extra in the air. I’m not quite sure what it is but it sure smells good…
Another thing that I love about specific scents is the way that they can bring back memories, some good and some bad. For my Mom the smell of roast cooking on Sunday reminds her of going to her Grandma’s after church. I thoroughly enjoy the scent of cloves and Allspice. Something about them reminds me of Christmas and all the joy and coziness associated with that time of the year. And the smell of Lamp Oil although pungent is a reminder of the warm glow that comes with lighting all the oil lamps.
As I was thinking about all the different smells that we have I was reminded of this verse and of our job as Christians:
“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, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life…”
–2 Corinthians 2:15-16a
The Bible tells us we are the fragrance of Christ to those around us…Both those who are saved and those who are lost… So, how do we make sure we “smell” like Jesus in the midst of this dark and stinky world?
I think that the answer to this question is often simpler than we make it out to be. Simply put we need to be spending time in His Presence. In order to “smell” like Jesus we need to be with Him. The Bible also tells us that He will transform us more and more into His image (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18).
I don’t know if you like Cats or not but something that we’ve learned over the years is that cats like to leave their scent in lots of different places. The main way they do this is by rubbing their faces against different things. And when they do that they release their pheromones…their scent.
As we spend time with God He leaves His mark on our lives. Then when we go out into the world we spread His scent. We do this by not only telling others about Jesus and what He has done in our lives but also by acting like He would. Loving people, having compassion, offering a kind word or a listening ear as we go about our errands.
As we enter into this joyously hectic season and all of the yummy scents associated with it let’s also be mindful of our own aroma to those around us.
Until next time,