Thursday, September 24, 2009

What Do You Smell Like?

Luke 7:37-38 (New King James Version)
37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.

What’s that you have on? Has anybody ever asked you that? They catch a scent of what you have on, perfume or cologne, and they ask you what do you have on? We’ve all caught a scent of someone whether pleasant or unpleasant, whether faintly satisfying or overwhelmingly suffocating, we’ve all caught a scent and we all have a scent. Have you ever shook hands with somebody and then you can’t get their scent off of you? You can smell when certain people have been in a room because they leave a scent. What do you smell like?

If your character was your fragrance what would people smell when they come in the room? If your lifestyle had a smell what would you smell like to God?
Kat Von D, tattoo artist and star of “L.A. Ink,” a reality show that focuses on her High Voltage Tattoo business, has her own line of makeup that is carried at Sephora. Kat’s two fragrances – Saint and Sinner- were recently launched. "Every woman has two sides," says tattoo artist and beauty addict Kat Von D—and she’s created a fragrance for both that come out next month.

Saint is a sweet, addictive blend of caramel, vanilla and jasmine, while Sinner plays up a dark and mysterious side with hints of vetiver, plum and cinnamon. What happens though when you mix both scents? What do you smell like?

Jesus walked into a room where there were both scents. Saints and Sinners. A sinful woman came into the dinner where Jesus was the special guest and she kneeled down behind him at his feet with some fragrant oil. Her reputation stank but she had some fragrant oil. It’s obvious the men in the room had smelled her before because the men all paused when they smelled the scent of a woman and said that girl is Poison.

What do people whisper about you when you walk in a room? What do you smell like?
This woman had bathed in the forgiveness of God before she came in and as a result of her gratefulness she did something for Jesus.

1. She stood behind Jesus weeping. She didn’t come to be seen, she came to serve.
2. She stood behind him weeping. She was broken and grateful for what God had done in her life.
3. She washed his feet with her tears. Her cleansing led her to now be clean.
4. She dried his feet with her hair. She used her Glory to give him glory. She used her most beautiful feature to wipe dirt from His ugliest feature.
5. She opened her bottle of fragrant oil to anoint his feet. She gave a sacrificial gift that immediately filled the room with a fragrant aroma.

Then everybody recognized the scent. That’s that “sinful” woman. “How can he be a prophet and let this “sinful” woman touch him? Doesn’t he smell her?” Jesus said that the host reeked of arrogance and ungratefulness. He didn’t even give Jesus any kind of hospitality but this “sinful” woman was grateful because she had been forgiven much. She who was “a “Sinner” smelled better than all the “Saints.” Sometimes “Sinner” smells better than “Saint” when “Saint” is smelling himself and “sinner” is grateful for being saved. We smell good to God when we know that we are all “Sinners” saved by grace. Jesus told her your sins are forgiven and your faith has saved you. Go! YOU SMELL GOOD!

Dear God, wash me and make me clean. Anoint me with fragrant oil so I can make this room smell better when I walk in it. Let people smell you and not me. Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. Thank you for forgiving me and saving me, today I smell better and I’m ready to pour myself out for you. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable before you and please your senses.

In Jesus Name,

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