Do You Stink?

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Once upon a time, I was told that I stink.

It was humiliating, to say the least.

You see, I knew I didn’t

I had showered. 
I had on clean clothes. 
I was freshly sprayed with my favorite perfume.

But, to this person, I stunk.

And the memory of being told such a thing still bites.

Well, please forgive me if reading this post bites you…

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 God uses us in the world to spread the Truth about Christ:

Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.

When we teach the Truth we smell goooooooood.  But, not everyone appreciates this perfume.  In some nostrils, it’s more like death:

But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume.

To some, our teaching is malodorous. 
To others, it is life-giving. 
If the words you teach are true, faithful, loving, just, and gracious…
you can know you are spraying sweet perfume throughout the world.

Even if someone tells you, you stink. 
It might just be they don’t recognize words of life.

How can you tell the difference? 
How do you know if your words about Christ smell good? 
Or if you’re just stinking up the atmosphere?

And who is adequate for such a task as this?

You see, we are not like the many huckster who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.

What’s the motivation?
When you speak, are you speaking for yourself?
Are you trying to manipulate with your words?
Is it for your own gain?
Is it all about you?

Remember, God is watching.
He knows if you are sincere.
He knows if you are speaking with His Son’s authority.

What kind of perfume are you spraying?

(scriptures taken from 2 Corinthians 2)

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2 responses »

  1. As you write, it can be hard to wear the perfume of our faith, when we know it will offend at least some of the people we meet, live and work with.

    I think one way we can gauge the degree of our commitment to our faith is whether we try to mask its odor when we go out in the world. The more we try to cover up the perfume of our faith, the more we diminish it.

    For me the world is full of thousands of different communities, each with its own perfume. What I smell is the core ingredient in them all, the human spirit. For people of religious faith it is God, and the Holy Spirit, that is at our core.

    If we have trust in our faith we will have no fear in showing it to the world.

  2. If we have trust in our faith we will have no fear in showing it to the world.

    You said it, Ed. The willingness to share our faith without fear — and for the Christian it is about sharing with grace, in love — is a matter of trust. Those who scream condemnation are stinking up the atmoshphere, imo. People need to hear how much God loves them…that He gave His Son for them.

    I love the diversity of our world — learning about all cultures and beliefs. And as I do, my mission is to share my faith in Christ, alone, for salvation. I love the give and take of healthy exchanges.

    You’ve allowed your blog to be open and I thank you for that. I feel comfortable there…I hope you feel the same…here. 🙂

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