by Marilyn Ehle
“Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of
Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God… which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma
redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like stench…” 2 Corinthians 2:15 (The Message)
Four doors lead from our condominium building into the entryway. Our neighbors
range from young singles to more mature couples. We are a good group of neighbors who greet each other pleasantly, always
willing to help with the mundane fix-it problems of suburban life. We have extremely different lifestyles but respect each
other and generally live in harmony.
One morning after bringing in the daily paper, I remarked to my husband, “Joe
just left for his office.” Since I had barely reached out our door for the paper that lay on the mat, my husband, who
knew I had not talked with anyone, was justifiably surprised. “What made you think he was on his way to work?”
“I smelled his aftershave lotion,” was my reply.
Joe, always dressed in the most businesslike attire, always splashed on his aftershave
lotion with what I considered a somewhat heavy hand. It wasn’t a particularly offensive aroma, it just lingered long
after he left the premises.
We who are Christ followers, if we regularly bathe in the love, mercy and grace
of God will be giving off an aroma. True, that scent can be offensive to those who refuse to acknowledge the Christ we follow,
but our responsibility is simply to be the bearers of fragrance.
Lord, remind me to regularly bathe in your Word and allow your Spirit to cleanse
me so that any aroma that lingers long after I’ve left the premises, will not only draw people to you, but will also
be a “sweet scent rising” to you.