What Is That Smell?

Imagine a slum area with people living in degrading conditions. Trash and garbage are strewn around; smells abound. Poverty, illness and heartache define most of the residents. A few folks living close are comparatively better off and escape some of the squalor but have sad family conditions and lonely unfulfilled lives. There are a lot of bad smells that pervade the area. People have become used to it and lack the incentive to  discover a better life. Someone is burdened for these folks and wants them to experience a far better life. This person is very well off and has vast wealth. Instead of retaining it and doing nothing, he or she sacrifices their fortune to offer those living in sordid conditions a new way of life. Gradually, many are moved from the slums to much improved living quarters and are taught how to enjoy a wholesome, exciting and worthwhile life. Now they live where the air is clean, the home is healthy and the neighbors truly care about each other. Gone is the smell of decay and death. These are replaced by fresh air and sunshine. Others refuse escape from their pitiful living conditions. One day all who accepted the free offer will be taken to a permanent home that will be free of all defects. They are filled with love for and gratitude to their benefactor. This is a very inadequate illustration of Jesus’ offer of deliverance from  despair, decay and death. He offers the fragrance of grace to whosoever will receive it. Those who refuse are left with the stench of death. In II Corinthians 2:15-16, Paul wrote about those who point people to Christ and His offer of escape from a life of sin to a life of blessing, purpose, help and promise of a perfect home forever: “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life….” As you think on this, what is that smell that you smell? Is it the smell of eternal death or the smell of the fragrance of Christ’s love and grace? What you smell is up to you! All who receive Him as their Savior and Lord can share in the testimony of Henry Barraclough’s hymn: “Ivory Palaces:” “My Lord has garments so wondrous fine, and myrrh their texture fills; its fragrance reached to this heart of mine with joy my being thrills. Out of the ivory palaces, into a world of woe, only His great eternal love made my Savior go.” Selah! From His Person comes the scent of Heavenly bliss.   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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