What’s that Smell?

We do a lot of laundry at our house.
We have a sorting system in place and occasionally we follow it. On top of this, as the kids grow older it’s not easy for me to tell which clothes belong to which kid or even which pile is clean.
There’s nothing like smelling clothes you think are clean only to learn they are dirty. Surely that’s a middle eastern proverb or something. Someone should write that on a t-shirt.
How many times did you think you were getting one thing only to learn it was another? Have you ever bought a lemon? Ever gone to someone’s house for dinner when they unexpectedly began telling you and others you didn’t know were coming about a new investment opportunity?
Sometimes it is even more personal. A co-worker, neighbor, minister or confidant, turns out to be someone you never imagined they could be. “You’re not Santa. You smell like beef and cheese!”
Some of you need to reel yourself back in about now. You have mentally left this writing and are thinking about the hurt you felt when betrayed by another. Most of us have been there at one time, though some of you at much deeper levels than me.
But here is what I want you to think about today.
The Bible says we are “to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is our spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1).” Your life is to be offered daily unto Lord. Like a burning sacrifice, its aroma is rising to the very throne room of God.
And God has a pretty good sense of smell.
He smelled the pleasing aroma of Noah’s sacrifice (Genesis 8) and “the soothing aroma” from the Israel’s tabernacle. None surpassed that of Jesus who “loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to the God (Ephesians 5:2).
He refused the aroma of others (Leviticus 26) and through the prophet Amos declared He “could not stand the stench of their assemblies.” They were going through the motions with hearts far from Him. It was like smelling clothes they thought were clean only to learn they were dirty.
If your heart is dirty, come clean. If you’re heart is clean, rejoice.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place (2 Corinthians 2:14).”

What’s that I’m smelling?

One Response to “What’s that Smell?”

  1. Elissa says:


    Wow, what a great analogy! This hits home because I am totally not great with laundry and often times mix clean with dirty clothes…. With just 4 of us you would think a system would be easy, hahaha.

    I really like how you show us how “God has a pretty good sense of smell” I pray that our worship will continually be pleasing to the Lord, and when sin tries to creep in to make it smelly, that the holy spirt and my brothers and sisters would help direct us back to Jesus.

    Thanks for writing this.


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