I have always enjoyed the smell of fresh-cut grass in the summer time or the scent of a fresh spring rain. And of course I take great joy in the aroma of delicious food. We all have wonderful smells that are our favorites or perhaps even ones that bring back great memories. Like for instance every time I smell cherry tobacco it brings back fond memories of my grandfather. Isn’t our sense of smell a wonderful gift from God?
So it caught my attention when the Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:18, that our generous acts of love towards others are like a “sweet smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.” So often when we think of helping those in need we usually think of it as the right thing to do, or even the Christ like thing to do and it is, but Paul’s telling us that our intentional acts of reaching out to meet someone’s need actually fills the throne room of God with a fragrance that brings pleasure to Him. That’s exciting!
We can please God with the aromas that rise up to Him from us being a blessing to others! What an added incentive this is for us to perform deeds of kindness to those in need in His name. Think for moment, who do you know that needs an act of kindness? Perhaps ask God to lead you to someone. Be a blessing, it’s the fragrant thing to do.
Sharing His Spirit – tRP