What Is That Smell?

There are two phrases you have probably heard: “Smell those flowers!” and “The stench of death.” There can be an application made in the lives of genuine Christians. Think on “Smell those flowers!” What a pleasant scent comes from some flowers! We really enjoy it. Being around a vibrant Christian who loves and enjoys His or Her Lord, who is filled with joy and peace and who really cares for others; this brings pleasure! What about “the scent of death?” If a child of God is deeply burdened over lost people and has a chance to explain to those who are lost what they face if they do not come to Jesus as Savior and Lord, some will begin to think on what death means to them. They may begin to “sense” what would happen to them if they face eternity without knowing Jesus. An awareness of impending death and judgment may move them to come to Him while they can. Failure to receive Him leaves one with a nagging sense of fear of what comes after the grave. In II Corinthians 2:15-16, Paul writes: “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. And who is sufficient for these things?” A. J. Hodge, in the hymn, “Have You Counted the Cost?” musically describes the contrasting impacts that our lives and words can have on people: “There’s a line that is drawn by rejecting our Lord, where the call of His Spirit is lost, and you hurry along with the pleasure-mad throng – have you counted, have you counted the cost? You may barter your hope of eternity’s morn, for a moment of joy at the most, for the glitter of sin and the things it will win – have you counted, have you counted the cost? Have you counted the cost, if your soul should be lost tho’ you gain the whole world for your own? Even now it may be that the line you have crossed, have you counted, have you counted the cost?” Selah! If we walk closely with Jesus, the Holy Spirit will direct the proper scent to the right people.   Ron

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