God created man with five senses: Touch, Sight, Hearing, Taste, and Smell. Of these senses, our sense of smell is probably the most ignored. But have you noticed that we often associate some places, things and even people with certain odors? As a child I vividly remember the pungent smell of the woods I hiked through. I remember the smell of the “green stuff (?)” janitors put on the floor before sweeping in our elementary school. And there is the awesome fragrance of a brand new car!
Some people have an acute sense of smell while others could not smell a dead skunk in the same room! There are odors that are pleasant and some that are repulsive. In the Old Testament, the burnt offering was offered to God to express our devotion, commitment and complete surrender to God. God said He was pleased with this “sweet smelling” offering.
Application: Wherever we go, we are giving off a fragrance to those around us. We should live in such a way that it not only pleases God but it will have a positive impact on others. “Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:15