Stench to scent
I remember going to the fish market as a little girl along with my parents in one of my prettiest dress. It was located near the Arabian Sea and the stench of fishes were unbearable after a minute of standing in the market. A pretty attire had no place to be in an area filled with dead stinky fishes. I still recall the smell coming from the fisherwomen selling the fishes, and it was completely different from the scent of Versace or Burberry.
Today, I wonder how is it that my Lord was not ashamed to walk besides the fishermen at sea. Jesus walked, talked, and called the fishermen to be fishers of Men. Jesus reached out to us in our stinky state and is not ashamed to walk with us, but are we still walking with this Holy God filled with stench or scent ?
- Friend, how strong is the stench of sin in our life?
- Have people started to notice the day, month, and year-old stench coming from within us just like the people started noticing the stench coming from the grave of Lazarus?
When we choose to live in sin, and break God’s laws the stench makes us unclean to approach a Most Holy God who knew no sin. Jesus is not ashamed to be called your God, so come to Him just as you are.
Perfumed scent can replace every foul odor and makes us presentable before others. We tend to categorize some sins into a higher punishable category and other sins into lesser punishable category. But God sees even our white lies, fake smiles, and hush hush gossips as sins.
Let us therefore confess our sins, and boldly approach the throne of God. A relationship with Christ is very important to spread perfumed scent wherever we go, and on my last post “From stench to scent for Christ through Gospel” I mentioned how we can be part of this amazing family of our Lord Jesus.
For we are a sweet perfume of Christ to God in those being saved and in those perishing 2 Corinthians 2:15
Here are 3 ways God wants every Christian woman to spread perfumed Scent for Him on this earth:
I. Scent of Selfless Love :
Jesus is the very picture of selfless love. The One and Only God of this Universe who laid down His life for selfish creation as ourselves. Jesus loved us while we were still sinners and took upon Himself the stench of our sin.
The fragrance of His unconditional love should continue to flow from us to the rest of the world. As sisters, wives, mothers, grandmothers, bloggers, and even ministers of Christ let us learn from Jesus how to spread the scent of selfless love for one another.
A selfless love produces a perfumed Scent
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9,NASB).
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15::13,KJV)
II. Scent of Sacrifice :
The aroma that comes from a repentant heart is the sacrifice that God is looking for in each of us . It should be giving our self as a Living sacrifice, and dying to self.
[Luke 7: 36-38,NLT] One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat .When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.
This woman performed the greatest act of worship for the Most Holy God by breaking the most expensive alabaster perfume. Her actions were condoned by the legalistic disciples but praised by our humble Lord.
An immoral woman gave her best to God who gave His very best ,His Son Jesus for sinful humans like you and I.
It is the kind of worship the Lord desires from each one of us- a worship of daily sacrifice of SMELLY ME and replacing it with Fragrant Jesus.
III. Scent of Sincerity:
As daughters of our Lord, our words and actions must always be seasoned with sincerity so it can fill our homes and community with very fragrant scent of our Savior. God wants our relationships with our spouses, friends, and even strangers to be sincere and pleasant.
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:17, KJV).
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: 1 Thessalonians 2:5,KJV)
We must avoid flattering speech, gossiping, slandering, and vain babblings as God is forever our witness and speak the truth with love with one another. God who trieth our hearts, knows our thoughts from afar and we must adorn the scent of sincerity always when we say we love our fellow sisters and brothers in Christ.
Those who are Women of God avoid slandering and adorn the scent of sacrifice for Jesus.
- Which of these 3 Perfumed Scents would you like to adorn today for Jesus today?
- Which of these Scent do you struggle to adorn these days?
- How are you wearing your scent in your day to day role ?
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Until we meet again here next time
Adorning myself with His Scent,
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