June 5, 2017 by Calvonia Radford
When you hear the word new, what do you smell?
No, I didn’t misspeak. I really want to know what you smell at the sound of the word, new.
When I hear the word new, I smell;
freshly baked bread just out of the oven,
an infant, who has been bathed and slathered with Johnson & Johnson baby lotion,
or the recently laid carpet and fresh paint of a new house.
I could go on and on.
Generally, we don’t describe newness with scents. Yet, when prompted to think of what newness smells like you can provide an appropriate response.
The day we accepted Jesus as our savior and began our walk with Christ, we became new.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17
If we give some thought to what we smelled like before we came on the Lord’s side, it would make us sick to our stomach.
The prophet Isaiah used some serious adjectives to describe our pre-salvific uncleanliness.
“But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6
No one wants to stink!
In 2016, manufacturers of personal hygiene products gained 13.91 billion dollars in profit off our desire to smell good.
If you read this post and realize your current state of spirituality is less than pleasant.If your life smells like a sewer due to the rottenness in your soul. Don’t fret. There is good news!
Deciding to make Jesus your choice is like being laundered and hung on a line to dry only to be collected later looking crisp and smelling like fresh mountain air.
Jesus is our example. He hung there on calvary’s cross after being kept up all night, beaten and whipped. Flesh hung off his back. Thorn prints were wrapped around his head. The smell of blood mixed with sweat, tears and other bodily fluids must have been foul. But to God, it was a sweet smell.
Paul described Jesus’ sacrificial death as a fragrant offering. Ephesians 5:2
Because of Christ, our spiritual DNA is filled with sweetness. We supernaturally exude a sweet smelling aroma.
“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: “ II Corinthians 2:15
Isn’t it amazing? God takes our filthy souls, stained red with sin and washes them white like snow. Isaiah 1:18
His blood leaves us smelling fresh and new, baby fresh that is.
Have you ever felt too dirty for God’s grace?
Do your sins reek?
If you answered yes to these questions, come to Jesus. He desires to make you clean, to make you brand new. His blood still works!
Plan of salvation:
Confess to God that you are a sinner. Repent or turn away from your sin.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3: 23
Trust that Jesus is God’s Son and that God sent Jesus to save people from their sins.
“but God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Give your life to Jesus. Ask Him to be your Lord and Savior.
That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Roman’s 10: 9, 10