“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.” – 2 Corinthians 2:14-16
I asked you Sunday, "What does your sense of scent bring to you during the Advent season?" Smells can take us places that sometimes the sense of feel, touch, taste and seeing won't. We rely heavy on the senses of sight, sound and touch in our lives every day but sense of smell will bring back memories that the others don't.
I can pick out of a room my wife's perfume from others and that beautiful fragrance can help recall beautiful moments together. The smell of hamburger hash on the stove reminds me of my grandma. A dish that she would cook for us when time was a factor. The smell of a carburetor-ed engine in a pre-2000 car brings back the memories of my 1971 Chevelle, my first car.
I hope that Sunday the scents and S-E-N-T-N-E-S-S of Advent would cause you to pause and consider your place this Christmas and what aroma you are sending to those around you in the world. Do they smell hope, peace, joy, and love oozing from your heart and life? Are you spreading the scent of Christmas? The greatest smells this season? The scent of truth that One was sent to us to free us and bring to us new life.
The world continues to need to hear, see, touch and smell this truth. That Jesus is the One who can Illuminate the heart and bring new life. It is His life that was birthed, lived, died and resurrected that can bring true peace and everlasting joy. I hope you will be a sweet aroma of Christ this Season.
Looking forward to our Chidlren's Christmas Program Sunday morning and week three of our series. Hope to see you!
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