Walking into my son’s home that is filled with their multitude of “Fur Babies,” I expected a strong smell of animals after being overwhelmed by the pack that met me at the door. Instead, I was greeted by a pleasing aroma of a cranberry spice candle burning. There was something very soothing about that fragrance that made me feel so loved and welcomed. I’ve been in shopping malls where expensive perfumes and fragrances are so strong, it nearly knocks you over. This fragrance was different. Perhaps it was the love in their home- the deep bond between my son and his wife, the love they have for me and my husband, the love we have for them…even the love they have for those cute hairy canines of different shapes and sizes and that wild cat. What a lovely smell love has!
My husband recently read me the account in the Bible where Noah sacrificed animals to You after the great flood. It was a pleasing aroma to You, Lord. How crazy is it that we can soothe You? That we can smell pleasing to You? I’m certain there are times we downright stink! But when we truly love You and others, it is a pleasing aroma to You. Father God, I want to please You and not be offensive to You. My sinful nature reeks! It can be my attitude, my mouth, my thoughts or my actions. Any one of those can cause You to hold Your breath and gag.
Yet when I let Jesus be Lord in me, then I am a fragrant aroma to You. You can smell the love! So can others. I can be a simple little candle that burns with the love and passion of Jesus Christ. No matter how bad the world stinks, I have the ability to add to its stench or fill my little circle of the world with the sweet aroma of Christ. To those who desire to find You, the beautiful fragrance will draw them to You. To those who are in rebellion against You, the sweet aroma of Jesus Christ smells like death. Father, may the aroma of Jesus in me rise up to please You and spread out to draw others to You.
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 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? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.” 2 Corinthians 2:14-17
Father, let me get rid of my stinky selfish nature and make Jesus Lord of my life so I can be a pleasing aroma by…