This is the time of year when I love walking out our front door and unto the porch. “Why?” you may wonder. As soon as I step out the door, I can smell the wonderful fragrance from the roses in our front yard. It is a sweet and wonderful scent. Isn’t it funny how smells sometimes trigger memories? Often when I smell roses, my mind goes back to some little dolls I had as a girl. These dolls were only about 3 inches tall and came in little heart shaped plastic bottles. There were several varieties of these dolls called LiddleKiddles and each one smelled like a flower. They were named after the flower whose fragrance they emitted. We had Apple Blossom, Rosebud and Honeysuckle, but I remember that my favorite was Rosebud. There are certain roses that smell exactly as I remember my little Rosebud smelling.
The other day as I was standing outside breathing in that fantastic rose scent, a thought came to my mind. What smells good to God? I don’t know if God dropped that question in my mind or if I’m just weird. I’ll let you decide. Then I thought of the term “sweet savour” that I remember reading before in the Bible. I decided to look up this term in e-sword, and I found 44 references to it. In the Old Testament, it’s always mentioned in reference to some kind of offering or sacrifice being given to the Lord. In the New Testament, this term is only mentioned one time in 2 Corinthians 2:15.
2Corinthians 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
To make it a little easier to understand, here is the verse preceding this one and a few after it in the English Standard Version of the Bible.
2Co 2:14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
2Co 2:15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,
2Co 2:16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
2Co 2:17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. (bold emphasis mine)
Under the Old Testament law, the sacrifices that were offered to God according to His specifications were sweet and pleasing to Him. I believe in The New Testament church age that we’re living in, that as the born again church, we become living sacrifices (Romans 12:1,2)to God through which He desires to spread “the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” This fragrance is the very aroma of Christ, and to those that receive the fragrance of this knowledge, I believe it will not only give spiritual life here but eternal life in the ages to come.
Maybe God was using those roses to remind me once again of my mission in life. Dear Lord, please use me to spread your wonderful life giving aroma!
Edit: Here’s a link to some Liddle Kiddles.