What Fragrance Are You?

What Fragrance Are You?
Spring has been so beautiful; the colors stunning as the red buds stood in all their glory along with the Bradford pears.  Then the grass started coming out of the winter season showing new shades of bright beautiful green, which, unfortunately required the mowing to begin.  Along with the change of the season came beautiful fragrances drifting through the air. 
I know freshly mowed grass and all the new blooms creates misery for those who deal with allergies, and, I’m sorry for that but I must admit I love the accompanying smells.  I’m not good with names of flowers for the season so I had to do some research.  Some with beautiful spring/summer fragrance are lilac, hyacinth, sweet alyssum, wisteria, sweet peas, lily-of-the valley, gardenia, roses, four o’clock’s, peonies, some tulips, magnolia, and  jonquils just to name a few.  I can almost smell some of them now.  Can you?
Did you know there is a fragrance, or an aroma that comes from our life?  It can be a pleasant aroma, or it can be one that stinks.  To stink sounds rather harsh but Isaiah 1:13-23 talks about ways of living that are a stench in the nostrils of God - lives once pure, once faithful, once just and righteous but no longer such bring no pleasure to God.  How sad, but, in this same portion of scripture the Lord says that no matter how deep the stain of your sins he can remove it and make it as clean as freshly fallen snow.
Let me go back to the beautiful fragrance – that which is pleasing to our Lord…II Corinthians 2:15 & 16:   For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.  To the one we are the aroma of death to death, and to the other the aroma of life to life. 
If we are God’s children, saved by grace, we are a sweet aroma to Him.  We no longer have the aroma of death, we have a fragrance that brings joy to the heart of God.  Jesus’ life was a fragrant aroma to the Father.  If we walk as Jesus, do our best to follow His ways then our life can have that fragrance.  It is our aroma of praise to God, and, as we go into our world we take with us the sweet aroma of God everywhere we go.
Ephesians 5:2 Jesus said, “And walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”