Recently, I signed up for my first ever personal health insurance plan. It’s funny how smells are so connected to memory. Just the thought of a dentist’s office brought back that all-familiar sterile, chemical scent into mind along with the slight background hum of a cleaning drill, and I was brought into its atmosphere for the entire day.
Much better than a fluoride treatment on a hot day, though, is the atmosphere that God can create around us every day. Stop and think for a minute. Are we affecting the people around us? Is the impression we leave on others one of incredible unworldliness, or just that of another lame religious hobbyist? We offer something real, more real than the smooth smell of tires on asphalt, or the feel of shimmering beads of sweat, dripping into the pores of a freshly-cut football field.
Our love is not of this world. It’s something else entirely. Are we emanating this love using every fiber of our being? Are we letting God use us to draw others to Himself? We, by the power of Christ, can create an atmosphere that transcends even the air we breathe.
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.”–2 Corinthians 2:14