This morning my bible reading was in 2 Corinthians 2 and my heart landed on verse 14: "But thanks be to God, who always lead us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spread everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him." (italics mine) That struck we as I wondered 'what kind of fragrance am I' Fragrances come in all kinds of forms from the putrid stench of rotting garbage, the sweet smell of fresh cut grass, or the delicious deep scent of chocolate, or the smell of a new born baby that you just can't seem to get enough of. What is my fragrance?
If I am in Christ, I hope I at least have that new born smell. New in the spirit, new in his call on my heart. That my breathe is that of the milk of the word. If my walk is seasoned in Him, that I am in His word new every day I pray I give off the scent of fresh cut grass. That evidence of his life in me refreshes those around me. Or maybe your not a believer, or your in a place in your walk, where you have chosen your own way, turned from God or your heart has turned hard and cold. This my dear friend is where your life is a stench in the nostrils of the Most High.
Just as Lazarus in John 11 was dead, wrapped in his death clothes, dead in the tomb four days, surely he had a putrid stench about him. But when Jesus called him out of the tomb, even though the fear of his bad smell was spoke of before he was called out, it is never mentioned. It is Jesus that gives us the fragrance, it is Him calling us out of darkness and trading our horrific stench for the scent of new life, a fragrance that refreshes, and one day as it deepens I pray it becomes sweet and savory like chocolate... Now that will draw many to you, and ultimately to Him.