YOU ARE THE FRAGRANCE OF CHRIST AMONG MEN

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For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved

and among those who are perishing (II Corinthians 2:15)

 

Did you know that believers are called to be the fragrance of Christ?  As the fragrance of Christ you are to model His love and truth to your world.  As the fragrance of Christ dispensing the aroma of life, what perfume are you expected to wear and bring with you as you walk into a room? It is not the kind that can be bought in a bottle or a jar. Have you ever thought about this?  Wherever you find yourself – in relationships, at home, in school, at work, in the community and through the ministry of the church – know that God has left you in the world to demonstrate the gospel to the world not just to declare it.  Like a beautiful scent, you are expected, by your life style and words, to spread the knowledge of the power of God for salvation to everyone you meet and in every place you find yourself.

 

Whereas this injunction to be the fragrance of Christ is for all believers, women being lovers of good things such as perfumes and the like, will comprehend more the purport of that scriptural text.  As a woman, I know that I love perfumes and I make it part of my dressing ritual so as to smell good every time in the course of the day.  The fragrance of flowers and the aroma of perfume are intended to be attractive and to draw people to you; for many, that is exactly what it will do, but there are some others who are allergic to fragrances.  It will cause them to have allergic reactions like sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion, vomiting and headaches.  To this later group, it is not the pleasant experience it is intended to be.  To different people therefore fragrances invoke different reactions; as the fragrance of Christ dispensing the aroma of life however; you cannot afford to back off at any point in time irrespective of people’s reactions.  Even when people react to the gospel through your fragrance negatively, you must do what is reasonable at all times and in every possible way to dispense the aroma of life (which is Christ Himself) to a needy world in tangible and visible ways.  When you do this, you become a fragrance of life in your culture, you become a perfume bottle by virtue of who you are and whose you are; the blood washed, saved and sanctified daughter of the King of the Universe, whose Spirit lives in you.

 

Even though the response of people who come in contact with you is not necessarily your responsibility, removing the lid of your perfume bottle so that the fragrance emerges and becomes evident is certainly your responsibility.  Removing the lid does not mean that you enter a room, or a relationship and announce that you are wearing the fragrance of Christ and have the aroma of life, it simply means that your presence sends off a fragrance that sweetly, softly and gently wafts through the space where you are until someone says I smell or perceive a sweet fragrance.

 

A disturbing and distressing trait and trend to me about most women (and perfumes) however, is that whereas every person coming in contact with them can easily perceive the fragrance of their everyday perfume from great designers such as Gucci, Calvin Klein, Versace, Estee Landers and so many others, from their bodies and cloths, the story is not the same as it concerns dispensing or sending off the fragrance of Christ which matters most.  Many women spend so much money, time and energy on acquiring and adorning themselves with the latest designer perfumes, but don’t care any bit about the need to also acquire and adorn themselves with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and a quiet spirit which is very precious in the sight of God and of much higher value.

 

Mary of Bethany may have been criticized for being wasteful by the non-discerning Disciples of Christ, but was surely commended by the Lord whom she anointed with her expensive perfume six days before His crucifixion.  She lavishly poured that expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped His feet with her hair as a display of her love, devotion and prophetically in preparation for His burial.  On that beautiful day, Jesus defended her action and demanded that the memorial of what she did be preached throughout the world (Matthew 26:10:13).  Oh! What a woman and what a memorial!  For every woman in the Kingdom of God, the perfume you also decide to pour on the body of Christ (the church), the community, and cultures where the stench of sin and moral decay have permeated for a long time, will surely also put your name not only in the Lamb’s book of life, but also in the hearts of men as a memorial.

 

 

Prayer Focus:            Lord, help me to be a dispenser of the fragrance of Christ everywhere I find myself in Jesus Name.

 

Quotes:                       Just as a flower gives out its fragrance to whomever approaches or uses it, so love from within us radiates towards everybody and manifest as spontaneous service.

                                                                        Swami Ramdas

 

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