“Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.”
2 Corinthians 2:15 NLT
So, what’s your signature scent?
I love perfume with fresh scents that awaken your senses like a spring morning. Fragrant and fresh, that’s what I look for in a perfume bottle.
It always amazes me how the same perfume that smells wonderful on one person just doesn’t work on another. I remember years ago my mom wore a perfume called “Poison” and it smelled amazing on her. When I tried it on I smelled like poison!
In 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 Paul compares Christians to perfume. God calls believers to live life with a Christ-like fragrance for others to smell.
The reality is that this fragrance will either be a welcomed scent or a stench in someone’s nostrils. This explains why some people just don’t like you. You can be nice and do what they want, but for some reason there seems no way to win their favor. You wonder, “Do I smell?”
Then there are others who just seem drawn to you. There’s an instant connection. Have you ever been somewhere and just click with someone you’ve only just met and they suddenly ask, “Are you a Christian?” Your scent will either repel or refresh. When you understand what Paul is teaching here you’ll begin to recognize that some people’s reaction to you may have very little to do with your actions, but with the fragrance of Christ in you.
Wear Your Signature Scent
Live your life like the perfume bottle that Mary poured out on Jesus feet.1 Don’t keep it to yourself. Let the fragrance of Christ be expressed through your signature scent so others will be drawn to Him because of you!
Father…I want the aroma of my life to rise up to You and be a pleasing fragrance to you. Help me to live my life in a way that makes my scent sweet and Christ-like, not pungent because of my sin. Let the fragrance of my life be one that draws others to You and not push them away. Help me to recognize when others repel me because of their issues with You and not take offence, but surround them in prayer. Make my life a fragrant offering to You! In Jesus Name…Amen
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1 John 12:13
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