I walked up to my Christian college p.o. box as usual– hoping for some “good mail”.
That day, I found a simple, unsigned note that said:
2 Corinthians 2:15
“For we are a fragrance of Christ to God…”
YOU SMELL LIKE JESUS, LISA!
I don’t remember exactly what I did next, but I’m pretty sure that a silly smile spread over my face and then I probably looked around, hoping to spot the anonymous sender….
Two amazing things:
- Why was that note written to me? (I didn’t deserve it)
- Decades later, I haven’t forgotten it.
Fragrance is hard to explain to someone.
You can say things like “it has light flowery notes, with a splash of citrus and overtones of verdant breezes”, but there’s nothing like taking a whiff of the real thing.
The Fragrance of Christ is like no other. It’s hard to explain, but you know something powerful is in the air. You can’t put your finger on just why you love it. It makes you say *awesome!* or it leaves you speechless, just thinking about it.
It’s not overpowering, but it holds you in its grip.
So...what does the “Fragrance of Christ” smell like? Here are two thoughts:
It is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. —I Corinthians 13: 4-7
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. — Philippians 2:3-8
When we exhibit these things as Christians, we are exuding an aroma that is Christ-like and supernatural.
In contrast, consider this verse in Ecclesiastes 10:1 —
Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
We spread a spiritually “unpleasant odor” if we get foolish and selfish, forgetting to be doers of the Word.
Before being with a group of people (especially female, fun-loving kindred spirits), I like to stop and ask the Lord to control my mouth. The verse above reminds me that a lovely perfume can go bad when foolishness takes over.
The next time you get ready for your day, making yourself look and smell nice, consider asking God to make you “smell like Jesus.”
Just what does that smell like, you ask?
It has rich and varied overtones of true, unselfish love….a highly aromatic and clear essence of joy….undertones of peace, coupled with a clean bouquet of honor and humility.
It’s hard to describe…. but impossible to ignore.
(c) Lisa M. Luciano 🙂