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What Fragrance do You Leave Behind

Notice whether you are leaving behind the pleasant fragrance of our Savior. Remember that your words last a lot longer than just the time it takes for them to come out of your mouth.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from 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. “

Background

Sometimes in NASCAR, you will hear of a driver ” stinking up ” a race. Rather than saying that the driver had a bad day at the track, what the phrase actually means is that the driver was so dominant that he stunk up the race for all the other drivers and their fans. There simply was never any doubt as to who had the best car and who would win the race. On the way into work this morning, I experienced a different kind of stink. It happened when I drove through what smelled like the calling card of a skunk. And although I’m not overly familiar with wildlife and creaturely ways, that smell is unforgettable and quite unmistakable. Two very different circumstances, yet two very lasting impressions. One awesome performance left behind a certain smell, and another different kind of performance left behind something equally as memorable. How befitting for us here in the South to be reminded of the impressions our lives leave behind by NASCAR and skunks.

Application

But are you truly aware that you are leaving something behind? Do you realize that whether you put on an awesome performance or struggle through repeated failures, you are leaving behind something? It’s a little piece of God. And one thing I’m learning is that God’s sweet aroma is permeated with forgiveness. Where forgiveness abounds, the sweet fragrance of our one true God is overwhelming. And it doesn’t matter whether you are seeking forgiveness or granting it. When there is sorrow over a wrongdoing and then reconciliation, it is like God’s holy temple is filled with His presence. That is another reason for the amazing glory of the cross. As God was condemning His Son, He was making a way to forgive us. Even as Father and Son were separated for the first and only time, God was never more apparent than in the crucifixion and resurrection. So when I apologize to my wife or kids, it makes perfect sense that the unity and harmony that follows is like Christ rising back up into heaven. He is there in that moment, and the aroma of His presence is lasting and sweet.

Charge

As we seek Him today, notice whether you are leaving behind the pleasant fragrance of our Savior. Remember that your words last a lot longer than just the time it takes for them to come out of your mouth.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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