How Is Your Scent?
“But thanks be to God, who always puts us on a display in Christ, and spreads through us in every place the scent of knowing Him. For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To some we are a scent of death leading to death, but to others a scent of life leading to life. And who is competent for this” (2Corinthians 2:14-16)? Praise God, our competence is not of ourselves but in Christ Jesus! Beloved, on a daily basis, we are put on display for the whole world, to show the world what it means to serve the one and only Jesus Christ. One place that had truly showcased this scent is the social media. Unfortunately this platform has equally proven that so many carry a contrary scent, since their scent is repelling people from coming to the Lord because of the conflicting smells emanating from them. They forgot the mandate: “No rotten talk should come from your mouth, but only what is good for the building up of someone in need, in order to give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29) and “…Instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1Timothy 4:12b).
As the year draws to a close, how has your scent fared? In your place of work, school or living, can people smell the scent you carry? Is your scent drawing people to God or it is repelling them? Has the intimidation from hell and its agents caused you to mask your scent? God saved us so we can be a scent of life (Christ) to those who are being saved and a scent of death to those that are rejecting Him. Do understand that whether it is life or death, it is a ‘scent’ so that no man will give an excuse for going to hell. This scent should cause the unbeliever around you to give praise to your Father in Heaven even if they do not agree with you. The act of them giving your Father in Heaven praise for your life depicts that they have come in contact with life but they chose death. Thus, your scent to such is death. This is why in every generation God plants His godly people that carry this scent in order to lead as many back to the Lord. Daniel and his friends carried this scent such that kings Nebuchadnezzar and Darius and many others in that generation came to the realization that the God of Daniel is the true God. The lives of Paul and Silas drew so many to the Lord as did so many that had gone before and came after them.
Beloved, not just the drawing near of the close of the year but equally as the coming of the Lord draws ever closer, it is time to truly ascertain if you are truly carrying the scent. If sin is still prancing around you then something is wrong with your scent. If you are married, and sin and wickedness runs amok in your home and you are unable to stand against it, something is indeed wrong with your scent. Don’t let us be like Martha that Christ rebuked but still continued in her supposed walk with the Lord; such is in danger of hearing at the end of life the following grave and deadly words: “Then I will announce to them, I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!” (Matthew 7:23). Martha refused to acknowledge and deal with the situation of her life that was exposed to her by the Lord. Is God showing you an area of your life that is stinking and you are arguing with Him? Don’t! See your life through His eyes (His Word) and adjust accordingly so you can truly spread the scent of the life of Jesus Christ. God bless you.