Some scents are unforgettable. Like the smell of brand new car, store-bought clothes, or the smell of school supplies newly taken out of their packaging. The smell of leaves that are scattered all over the ground and the smell of delicious pumpkin pie cooking in the oven are two of my favorite fall smells. I bet there are special scents that bring back memories or remind you of someone you love. Maybe it’s something about fall, or a special soap, or the smell of your newborn baby, who now seems so grown up and is heading off to kindergarten. (I bet you’re so thrilled that I’m bringing that one up!!) But scents are amazing! Scents are tied to our memories so tightly!
Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.” That’s why a smell can take you back to a memory that you thought you had forgotten.
Speaking of scents, did you know that the Bible talks about scents that please God? Actually there are over 45 mentions in the Bible of different scents that are pleasing to God, and guess what? We can be a scent that is pleasing to God!!! 2 Corinthians 2:15 says “we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
So, what if our lives were fragrances that people who don’t know God could actually smell as they walked past us? Some of us really do have scents as people walk past us… it is called body odor… Take a shower people! But that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about your soul smell – the condition of our relationship with God. That verse in 2 Corinthians sounds like our fragrance and how good it smells really is dependent on how much we have made Christ the Lord of our life and how much He is living through us. The ONLY reason why a person like me, a sinner, would smell good to God is if He smelled a whole lot of Christ, and not much of me.
In those 45 mentions in the Bible of scents, they are described differently. When offering up sacrifices and offerings to the Lord, they are described as soothing aromas, pleasing, and fragrant incense. But there are also some that draw an unforgettable imagery in our minds – a foul stench, odious, and open graves.
So if we are a fragrance and it has the power to either attract people who don’t know God to Him, or repel them, then the condition of our relationship with God matters a lot. This is my prayer: That our lives will be the sweet smelling aroma of Christ living in us, so that we may be an irresistible pull toward to Savior!!