‘You stink pretty,’ an Aussie larrikin believed he was paying a compliment to his wife.
For some people wearing perfume continually is their signature. They want to be recognized by that particular perfume even if they cannot be seen. Also, they want to create a fragrant aura about themselves that is attractive not only to the male species but everyone around them.
Ann Hamilton drew attention to the fact the ancient Egyptians used perfume believing it was the sweat of the god Ra. They wanted to be as great as their god and also to attract him and persuade him, perhaps, they were his subjects and belonged to him. I suppose the Egyptians might have had a point because people working and moving in the sun can’t help but sweat and smell. Sweat in the Old Testament, however, was a symbol of self-effort which God rejected as a stink.
Ann reveals that each of us has a unique smell which is as individual as fingerprints or retina markings. Ann suggests that in Isaiah 11: 3, we will be judged not by sight or sound but by smell, ‘he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes or decide by what he hears with his ears.’
How many times have we heard, ‘don’t show fear because the wild animal or creature will sense it and attack? Stay calm and it will move away.’ I can’t help feeling that the phrase, ‘delight in the fear of the Lord,’ does not mean fear but awe. Could it be that the Lord recognizes each of us by the scent of awe which emanates from us?
UNLOCKING THE FRAGRANCE
I am not a perfume person. I have been given gifts of scent but the bottles sit in my cupboard unused. Wearing perfume is not important to me as my signature or identification.
Since becoming a Christian it is my desire to be known by the fragrance of Christ. As is quoted in 2 Corinthians 2: 15 for we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ.’ How can I be so arrogant as to claim that I exude the aroma of Christ? Simply because Christ lives in me. Remember the scripture? ‘It’s no longer I that lives but Christ who lives in me.’ Gal. 2: 20. Dare we say that we are not a child of God? Dare we say that we do not exude the aroma of Christ?
Be Fragrant, not Flagrant’ Susan Greenwood
Everything about Christ his character, his personality, his very being and above all his sacrifice for you and I was a pleasing aroma to his Father. ‘This is my son in whom I am well pleased,’ God declared.
The aroma of our service, the aroma of our good living, the aroma of how hard we are trying to be a Christian is a stink rather than a sweet fragrance. It is the aroma of Christ alone that God is wanting to smell.
The aroma of Christ in us is all God wants. When God gets a whiff of Christ in us, then he knows we are one of his children.
As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and the unsaved around us’ 2 Cor.2: 15. LB
Christ in us is our signature fragrance, it exudes from us, we don’t have to work to set it free, we just have to be and everyone will know our particular aroma is Christ.