While working at MCI before it was purchased by Verizon, I discovered management frequently asking the following question about business deals, “does it pass the smell test?” They meant, does it make good business sense? Is it profitable? Is it deliverable? Is it supportable?
I believe we as Christians should be asking the same question about our lives. “Does my life pass the smell test?”
In 2 Christians 2:14-16a (JB Phillips New Testament), our “smell” is discussed, “Thanks be to God who leads us, wherever we are, on his own triumphant way and makes our knowledge of him spread throughout the world like a lovely perfume! We Christians have the unmistakable ‘scent’ of Christ, discernible alike to those who are being saved and to those who are heading for death. To the latter it seems like the very smell of doom, to the former it has the fresh fragrance of life itself.” In this passage it states wherever we are going, we should be walking and talking like Him. My life should be the aroma of His character.
Now the reaction to this is a bit startling. To other Christians we are a blessing. However, to the world, our odor is “the very smell of doom.” Why is that? 1 John 2:15-16 declares “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world.” We no longer live for the world but for eternity not striving for desires of the flesh and no longer lustfully looking at others and things. We are not boastful and proud focused on aggregating things in this world. We no longer are living for the world’s golden rule: He who has the gold rules. We are in the world but not of the world. To the worldly, we are weird and our focus and drive are stupid and ridiculous.
Do others react to your life as above? Christians love “the smell of” your walk and talk while making the worldly uncomfortable and prayerfully convicted.
Do you pass the smell test?