Do You Smell Good?
It’s always fun to travel, at least, I enjoy it, and you never know what is going to happen. As we were driving on Interstate 30 from Texarkana to New Boston late in the evening (it was around 11:30), we hit a skunk! Of course, it smelled awful after we first hit it, but then the smell gradually faded, but we must have hit him pretty good because the smell lingered on the car through the weekend, and every time we walked behind the car, we could smell skunk. The skunk has a powerful influence. Yuck!
This reminds me of something Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:14-16. I’m quoting from the English Standard Version: “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?”
As Christians, we give off a fragrance, or aroma. That aroma comes from the triumph of Christ on the cross, but other people can smell it on us who are Christians. To those who are being saved, it is a sweet smell bringing life, but for those who are perishing it is an awful smell like death. Unlike that old smelly skunk, we want others smelling Christ on us, seeing our good influence, so that they can glorify God by coming to Christ for salvation. Let’s give due consideration to our influence and let Christ’s goodness abound in our lives.