My dear friend Kathleen always signs off her e-mails with “Smell ya later”. I love her sense of humor and I think that is hysterical. Believe it or not, this holds a tremendous lesson for those of us who are IN Christ! Let me explain.
I had someone in my life that was very near and dear to me, and whom I cared for very much. She wore a particular perfume that I liked. Although I have not seen her for a few years, as soon as I come across that aroma, I am reminded of this person. I will then often simply pray for her. On the flip side, sometimes the odor and memory may not be so pleasant. Amazing how an aroma can bring us back to a person, a place, etc.
This is why I love 2 Corinthians 2:14-15. It says: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;” In context, Paul was referring to their ministry in Troas and Macedonia and the surrounding area.
This is true of YOU as well. As you go about your day, living in dependence on Him, God will manifest (and probably has many, many times) THROUGH YOU the wonderfully sweet aroma of JESUS. It is God doing the triumphing, and it is also God doing the manifesting. Notice there is no mention of “being obedient” or “getting right with God” or any other Christian catch phrase. NO! As we walk in a dependent love relationship with Jesus, others will catch a whiff of Him.
I can hear some of you asking, “We won’t give off a heavenly aroma if we just live like the devil.” Interesting how we always want to go there. It’s not about behavior but rather about identity. First of all, to God, you ARE a sweet aroma…period! And the aroma is Jesus!!!
Those who are IN Christ (saved) have Christ IN them. Thus the aroma of His presence will be released. It is HIS work not ours. Therefore, like cologne, I too can enjoy this wonderful heavenly fragrance of Jesus being manifested through me…..wow what a blessing!
In 2 Corinthians 5:21, Paul says that we HAVE become the righteousness of God IN Jesus. So, when He sees me, He sees Jesus’ righteousness. Therefore, when He gets a “whiff” of you, He (and the world) is actually smelling the sweet aroma of Jesus. My dear friend, chew on that awhile. We no longer have to work real hard trying to get ourselves “smellin good”. We ARE the aroma of Jesus. Enjoy it along with those being touched by it as well.
Rest in this truth!!!
So then, how can this wonderful fragrance be manifested more and more? As we are being broken more and more, this sweet aroma of Jesus is released for more to enjoy. It reminds me of the woman in Bethany who broke a vial of costly perfume. The room was filled with this sweet perfume only AFTER it was broken. Paul said in Romans 7:18, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh;” Let’s stop trying to clean up our “flesh”, and simply allow God to do His work in us (break us) and thereby manifesting HIS aroma through us.
Finally, there is another application I need to share. When you are with your brother or sister in Christ, what do YOU smell? Are you always focusing on their behavior and the outward appearance? Or, like God, do you “smell” the sweet aroma of Jesus who dwells IN them? Again, I am merely speaking of identity here. There is always some aroma there….. take your time to get a whiff of it!
Gott go………SMELL YA LATER!!!!!