It seems that most of us like to smell good.
I know I do. I have a fragrance that I prefer in the summer and in the winter. Spring and fall I seem to vacillate between the two…I will choose one on one particular morning and the other one a different day.
I actually would say that there is some type of survey that one could take on the internet that would describe one’s personalty based on fragrance choices.
Which leads me to the woman who upset the disciples…
“While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.” Matthew 26:6-7
Jesus shut them down pretty quickly as he pointed out she was anointing him for burial. I am not sure the disciples believed he was about to be put to death, but the woman did what she knew she was to do.
This was expensive perfume worth a lot of money and I would assume was very fragrant. They were indignant she should waste “money” by pouring it on Jesus. The fragrance had to be wonderful…in so many ways!
I cannot help but wonder if my fragrance is poured out is it pleasing to those around me? Is it the sweet aroma of Christ?
“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”
2 Corinthians 2:15
If I am so concerned that I smell good physically, am I just as concerned that I am a pleasing aroma spiritually?
Oh may it be so. May our lives be so surrendered that people won’t have to ask what fragrance we are wearing….….they will recognize it automatically.
IN CHRIST ALONE
*NIV Bible, personal graphics