About fifteen years ago, my seat on a British Airway flight from London to DFW placed me on a two seated row right next to a guy whose body produced a horrible, nauseous smell. During the few minutes that I sat next to him, as inconspicuously as possible I dry heaved a couple of times. There was no way that I could make 10 hours of flight time London/DFW sitting next to this guy. So, I got up and spoke to the nearest flight attendant as politely as I could and explained the situation. She would have nothing of it and told me brusquely to go back to my seat letting me know to take it or leave, the flight was at full capacity. Then, I simply asked her to do one favor for me before she gave me her final verdict. “Would you simply go to the row where I am seated and bend over towards the gentleman as if there was a problem with the A/C or lights? That’s all I am asking you to do.” She did what I asked and came back and told me with a smile, “Mr. Evatt, we will find you another seat.”
Do you know that God is sensitive to the aroma of our lifestyle? 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 states, “thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.” God desires for “us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere” we go. Does your life emit “the pleasing aroma of Christ” or do you produce an acrid, rotten smell of a lifestyle based on the self-centeredness of the god of this world?
Revelations 3:15&16 declares, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” The stench of cozying up to this world, living a lukewarm Christian lifestyle is nauseating to God, and we end up producing vomit in His mouth.
Paul in the 2 Corinthians verses above picture Christians “as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession.” Being a “captive” means we are surrendered to Him as Lord of our life. Notice that the descriptive of folks who become “captives” is that we become a participant in “Christ’s triumphal procession.” We become triumphant, victorious people emitting an aroma of the agape love of Christ wherever we go.
Have you ever thought about how your lifestyle smells to God? I wonder how intense the odor is to God resulting from our selfishness, anger, abusiveness, pride, jealousy, envy, bitterness, adultery, lusts, materialism, people pleasing, anxious thoughts.
What do you smell like to God? Are you a captive of this world or a captive of God?