As humans, our sense of smell is one of the most significant senses we have, which I suppose is the case for most creatures on earth. Fragrance plays such an important factor in our day to day lives. You can smell a candle that smells like apple cider, and automatically feel the crisp air, and see the burnt orange shade of the trees. You can smell the slight smoke fragrance on a jacket you wore the other night and be brought back to the camp fire, and see the s’mores and shadows of the flickering flame bounce off your friends faces.
On the other hand, fragrances can ruin your view of someone, or something. There is a major reason we have things like deodorant, or mouth wash. Someone could be looking their absolute best and seem nice and put together from a distance, but the moment they walk past you and you smell the B.O. suddenly your view on their appearance can change drastically. Smell plays such a vital roll in how we see, feel, and taste so many things in life.
For this reason it is no surprise that an illustration Paul uses in 2 Corinthians 2:15 is that “…we are a fragrance of Christ…” We need to act as if we are the literal smell of Christ on earth. Our presence needs to show that we are being sincere and loving, and that we want others to join us in this life. We should be caring toward people, and not selfish. Even if another individual refuses to agree with you, can they walk away saying, “I don’t want that lifestyle, but they are a kind person that I’d like to be around. And I know that they really do care about me.” If this is not us, then we need to work on it. That’s what verse 17 pushes. We’re not peddling the word, but showing sincerity in our teaching of God’s word.
So I’ll ask you, when people see your Christianity, do they only smell insincerity, and sourness? Or do they smell a sweet aroma, that’s comforting, warm, and is pointing them to Christ?
- Adam M. Warnes