Eau de Jesus

As you enter a room full of people, you may notice a hint of vanilla or berries or flowers.
Depending on the strength and scent, someone’s perfume can have a positive of negative effect. My mom loves the fragrance Chanel No. 5 – eau de toilette, so as a child I identified this fragrance wither her presence.

In 2 Corinthians 2:14-16, Paul compares believers to perfume in the world.

Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life.

When I looked up “eau,” I found it means water. How fitting. Jesus told us that His living water will flow through us. After I have spent time with someone, is there a lingering fragrance of Christ? As we go forth into the world as His ambassadors, how well are we representing his mission? Whether we are called to manifest his grace or his truth, his generosity or his justice, in all things there should be an eau de Jesus permeating our lives.

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