Saturday, July 16, 2011

What do you smell like? 2 Corinthians 2:14-15

Have you ever been walking by someone and caught a whiff of their perfume of their cologne? Or walked into a room that was filled with a sweet, wonderful aroma? What do you do? I know what I do- I go find out what that scent is that has caught my attention! Our lives in Christ should be just like that!
2 Corinthians 2:14-15 "Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved, and among those who are perishing." Christ should so dwell in us that wherever we go, or whomever we pass by- His fragrance should permeate the room. He should "hang in the air around us". But what is this fragrance, this savor that we have in Christ? According to the dictionary, fragrance or savor means "a smell, an odor, metaphorically, it is a sweet smell. The greek dictionary refers to "such an odor as is emitted by death, and itself causes death." This fragrance of "His knowledge" also refers to His sacrifice for us. Ephesians 5:2 says, "And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma." That fragrance is the fragrance of His sacrifice for us. It is the fragrance of His love towards us. So how do we become this fragrance, these jars walking around carrying His scent? Leviticus tells us how. There are three sacrifices offered, the burnt offering, the peace offering and the grain offering. These three show us how we can be the fragrance of Christ.
The first- The Burnt Offering, is found in Leviticus 1:9..."all on the altar as a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet- smelling sacrifice to the Lord." Pastor Chuck Smith, in his commentary in my bible says, "The burnt offering was basically the sacrifice that spoke of consecration to the Lord. A sacrifice that was to be totally consumed by fire. In essence- my life (our lives) should be totally consecrated to God. Our lives are to be totally consumed by the fire of the Lord, our lives upon the altar, at the foot of His cross, totally surrendered. Romans 12:1 "I beseech you, therefore, brethren by the mercies of God that you present you bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service."
The Grain Offering. Leviticus 2:1-3. (Chuck Smith commentary) This offering was offered to God as a sweet savor. This offering was just to offer to the Lord as a sweet savor for His enjoyment. It says, "Lord, I am spending time with You, not with any requests (or out of duty) but just for Your pleasure and enjoyment. He desires you above all! Psalm 139:17 "How precious are your thoughts toward me! O God, how great is the sum of them!"
The Peace Offering. Leviticus 3:1-5. This was an offering that was shared. The people would bring it to the priests, they would offer it, then the priests and the people would partake of this same offering. (Chuck Smith [again!] says) God took part in this offering, and the priests took part also, then the people would take the rest home. This tells us to stay in Communion and Fellowship! We become a part of Him, and He a part of us. We are brought together through Communion, through the partaking of Him. We are unified with God and have peace with God through Communion. Communion is a good time for self-examination. God, search me and know my heart, is there anything in me that is displeasing to You?
When we totally give ourselves to Him, when we spend time with Him, when we partake of Him- He fills our lives with the Fragrance of His knowledge! Not for our benefit- but for the benefit of those who are being saved- for the lost, for the ones who do not know of His love. Our lives should be so full of Him that all people see, all people smell is Jesus and His aroma. This fragrance, this aroma that permeates through us, should catch the hearts of those around us and among us. To those who desire to know and seek out this fragrance- Salvation. Ask yourself, "What do I smell like?" Are you smelling rotten because of sin in your life? Then ask God to cleanse you, lay your life upon the altar for a burnt offering, a sweet smelling sacrifice to the Lord. Perhaps your fragrance has lost its potency. Then spend some time with Him- offer your grain offering to Him today. Sit in His presence and love Him for Who He is. Maybe your fragrance is getting low, running on empty. Then offer your peace offering to Him today- go to communion, go to church, get into a small group and fellowship. Partake of Him!
Whatever it is that is holding you back, or covering His fragrance from permeating the lives of those around you- offer it upon the altar, lay it down at the foot of His cross. Let Him surround you with His sweet aroma, let it permeate through every fiber of your being.
The next time you put on your perfume, cologne, body spray- whatever it is- ask yourself, "Have I put on Christ first?" If you put Him on first, others will be drawn to His fragrance and they too will have salvation and eternal life with God the Father.
Ephesians 5:2 "And walk in love as Christ also has loved us, and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma."
What do you smell like?