What is that smell?
About a month ago I left town for family business, and in my haste I overlooked the disposal of my weekly garbage. I figured that since I was only going to be away for a few days and it was just a small bag, it could wait the week. Little did I know that while I was gone, Metro Vancouver was assaulted by a heat wave. The intense heat had caused this bag of refuse to speed up its decaying process. When I got home the first thing I encountered, as I opened my garage, was this repulsive and offensive stench! Even though I was able to get rid of the “culprit”, the smell had infiltrated the whole garage, and even my car!
This reminds me of the “garbage” we tend to carry around us unknowingly, such as unconfessed sins and lingering issues. During times when we are under duress or pressure, these hidden problems can surface in the most disturbing way. I, for one, can testify this— I thought I had dealt with forgiveness towards someone and yet when I was thrown into a stressful situation, this “root” which had slowly festered to bitterness came surging in the open. I lost control and acted in a un-Christ like manner. To say the least, I was not proud of it at all.
My dear friends, this is what happens when we do not clean our house properly and regularly. When we do not confess our sins and deal with those pestering problems. Instead of carrying the aroma of Christ, we cast off a stench which can be offensive. Instead of attracting people to Christ, we can turn people away!
I live in a town house complex with people of different nationalities. Each evening when I go home, the aroma of various cooking made me hungry for food. My friends, let’s ask ourselves this important question: what kind of smell or aroma do we cast off to the people around us?
“But 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. And who is equal to such a task? “ 2 Corinthians 2:14-16