You’re a Smelly Smell That Smells Smelly
Posted: Tuesday, August 28
2 Corinthians 2:12-17
Verse of the Day:
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)
What’s the smelliest thing you’ve ever smelt? That’s not something you think about every day. What about the best smell, that memory or person you are reminded of whenever you smell that smell? They say smell is the strongest trigger for memory and I believe it! I worked at Cousins Subs in high school and college and whenever I walk into a Cousins store now I’m instantly thrown back into the mindset and attitude I’ve had about Cousins for years - hunger love! The smell of onions and fresh baked bread would soak into my work clothes so that when I got home I reeked with that unique fragrance, but in a weird gross way, I loved it!
As a vivid illustration, Paul compares our lives as Christians to a fragrance. To Christ and fellow believers, our righteous lifestyle is as pleasant as a beautiful, aromatic incense that brings sensational warm feelings - like the smell of fresh baked cookies, bacon sizzling in the morning (or really anytime of the day) or your favorite candle. If you’ve ever fallen in love with someone who wore perfume, their scent even when they are not around brings powerful emotions and memories.
Then there’s smelly poopy diapers, spoiled milk, your garbage can, and 6th grade boys after gym class. No one wants to smell these things and are most times offensive. To those who aren’t believers in Christ or align their worldview with God’s, the Christian lifestyle and reasons why we do what we do is like holding a poopy diaper in their face. That’s the reason the world becomes hostile towards Christians and the way we live.
I don’t write this to take on a victim mentality, but rather as an explanation as to why coworkers, family, or Facebook friends can become negative towards your walk with Christ. This also is a reminder that the way we present ourselves should be a balance of salt and light. Salt preserves the truth, light shows the way. You’re this smelly, beautiful, fragrant, pleasant mixture to all sorts of people and knowing how to smell towards different people can leverage you the maximum impact for God that you seek.