When my clothes get dirty and smelly I change into clean ones. If I don’t, others let me know I stink. Every day we have the choice to do the same thing spiritually. On the one hand we have our old nature that is corrupt and deceitful. On the other hand we have been given a new nature that is created to be like God. Tough decision. Do I want to put on that old, smelly, dirty, depraved, rotten, no good nature or do I want to put on the new, fragrant, clean, righteous, holy nature? Side by side there’s no comparison. There is no way I would want to put that old nature on. Why is it so hard to make this decision moment by moment throughout the day?
If I hung out with a bunch of people that didn’t ever shower or change their clothes or brush their teeth, then it would be harder for me to notice my own filth and smell. I sure would fit in if I put those old clothes back on. On the contrary, I would stick out like a sore thumb if I was dressed in new, clean, bright clothes. What is true on the outside is also true on the inside. If I surround myself with the thoughts and philosophies of this world then it becomes harder to make the choices to stand strong in my convictions about the truth.
“But 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.” 2 Cor. 2:14-16. So, what do you smell like today?