Thursday, May 8, 2008

Can you smell it?


A number of years ago, I worked at McDonald's. No matter how I washed my uniforms, no matter what I used, they smelled like McDonald's food. People could tell where I had been just by the smell.

Last week the smell of turkey wafted through the house thanks to a revgalblogpal recipe. Everything goes in the crockpot: turkey breast, cranberry sauce, and onion soup mix. Then you just let it cook for about 10 hours. It's so easy. And it smells and tastes delicious.

And of course coffee! Yum. Even people that don't like coffee enjoy the aroma.

What is our scent? In this passage, Paul speaks of the believer having an aroma...the "aroma of the knowledge" of God that is to be spread everywhere. We are an aroma to the people we encounter daily and an aroma to God. Can people tell where we've been, who we've been with by what we smell like? So, how do we smell like Jesus? Spend time with him. Hang out with him. Learn from him. Abide in him. Everyone will know where you've been. It's so easy.

Picture from flickr.

3 comments:

steve martin said...

I think the best way to have the aroma of Jesus is to tell someone of the great and wonderful thing He has done for them. Then that 'aroma' of the gospel will actually come alive and do something. (Romans 1:16)

Good job, Ivy!

- Steve M.

Pastor Eric said...

I love this illustration...the aroma of Jesus. I have never thought of it like this before. But it does make me think...can people "smell" Jesus on me.

Thanks Ivy!

Ivy said...

Thank you Steve and Pr. Eric for your comments and encouragement. God bless.