What’s That Smelly???
Maybe you are like me. When you were a kid, maybe the smells and aromas of the world were a bit, shall we say, intense? Maybe when some kid got sick in the hallway (was I the only one who had a principal announce to the entire school that someone had upchucked?) Maybe while sitting in the backseat of the car you would be overpowered by the scent of a freshly killed skunk. Maybe you would bury your nose deep into the cushions of the car until you could smell that aroma no longer.
My son, Andrew, had quite the nose when he was a young. He would smell something bad and one thing would come out of his mouth: What’s that smelly???
The funny thing is that as I have gotten older my sense of smell has decreased. Not only that, but the more you are surrounded by a smell, the less you smell it. You might call it olfactory fatigue. The smell just seems to go away.
Is that the way it is with the aroma we give off spiritually? Paul tells that we have two aromas. The first is an aroma of death. This makes sense since we were dead before Christ saved us. We carry this smell of death with us. I think we notice it as children, but the longer we carry it with it, we no longer even notice the smell of death upon us.
However, when Christ rescues us from death, we carry the aroma of life. Life exudes from us. We carry the smell of life. The difference is I don’t think this aroma brings the fatigue of death. People notice it. You smell it. It’s difficult to not notice it.
We all carry an aroma with us. It will be the aroma of life or the aroma of death. Which one are you carrying?
What’s that smelly you are carrying?