“Now He uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. ….To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume.”
2 Corinthians 3:14b-16(NLT)
There are some songs when you listen to them, that give you a warm fuzzy feeling. I experienced that yesterday when I heard John Ireland’s “A Downland Suite – 3rd Movement – (minuet).” It was such a warm, relaxing, feel good melody. It is the kind of song that helps you cast all of life’s problems to one side and just be a peace.
As I pondered how a song could do that, I was led to these verses in Corinthians. What are we like to those who don’t know Christ? Does our song, smell (not literally), or conversation warm peoples hearts or do we push them away by our pushy, untactful and cold approach? Do we bring love, hope and peace into peoples lives or despondency, sorrow and discouragement?
In these few verses, Paul encourages not only the church in Corinth but also today’s reader to be a “sweet” and “life giving perfume”. The challenge is this: That whoever we meet or talk to, we rub off that sweet fragrance through the way we live our lives and the words that come out of our mouths. The reality is that to some we may be a “dreadful smell of death and doom” but that should not change the way we live our lives as Christ’s ambassadors on this earth. The great thing is that for those “who are being saved”, we are a life giving perfume. Our lives are to be “a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God”
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14)