This past weekend we had a 'multi-campus' event for our church as we had The Rescue's First Annual All Church Campout with Pastor Ralph still bringing the message at home base-Maple Lawn Elementary.
I would consider myself a veteran camper. I know how to make hash browns, like the smell of a fire, can tell scary and mostly true stories, can setup a tent in 2 minutes, and can stand a whole weekend without showering. Which brings me to the topic of smell.
For our worship time on Sunday we looked at 2 Corinthians 2:14-17. Paul talks about Christians being the aroma of Christ, but also gives us our duties as that aroma-'to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.' Paul used the imagery of Christ's triumphal procession which refers to the 'Roman Triumph'. This is a simple concept that describes the re-entry of the successful army general and his soldiers back into the city. Behind the victorious army the arrested soldiers would follow shackled in chains.
Priests would line the parade and spread the smell of incense over the entire festivities. The same smell was the smell of victory for the general and his army, but was also the smell of death to those who had lost the war.
When we speak about Jesus, people will feel the same. It will be the sweetest aroma they have ever smelled, or it will mean the smell of defeat. God is waiting to use us to spread the knowledge of His Son, Jesus. He wants us to fall in love with Jesus so much that we can't help but smell like Him because we've lived so closely to Him.
So how do you change your smell? Realize that a change needs to be made. Realize that God loves you and wants to rescue you with His Son, Jesus. You can do it, because the hard work has already been done by Him.