When speaking to my friends about what they find attractive when meeting people and first impressions in general, one thing that comes up every time without fail is….someone that smells good. There is nothing better than walking past or hugging someone that smells fresh and clean whether that’s with a spritz of aftershave or a nice moisturiser. We also attach certain scents to people or places, triggering a memory of them.
Similarly to this, people define you by the ‘scent’ of your personality, whether that’s through your kindness, your humility, or another personality trait. One thing I’ve been learning about recently is the Fragrance of Christ, which is expressing your faith in your day to day for society to see. For people to meet you and know you’re different and someone special to have in their lives. During secondary school, I kept my faith very quiet and barely anyone knew unless they also went to church. This made me feel like I was living a double life as I’d be a completely different person in church to what I was like out of church. When I started at a sixth form college, I wanted my faith to be part of identity and for people to see that I was different. It was one of the best decisions I made and I created so many special bonds and friendships through it. Since then, I’ve wanted to take it a step further in that even strangers and customers at my work can see there is something different about me.
Ecclesiastes 7:1 [NIV]
A good name is better than a fine perfume…
If you haven’t already started, I encourage you to be open about your faith and surround yourself with the fragrance of Christ, in a way that you exude His sacrifice and love for us, but also in the sense that you surround yourself with others who give off the scent of God and their faith.
Some practical ways to carry the Fragrance of Christ with you is:
1) A random act of kindness
– For example buying someone a coffee, complimenting them, telling them Jesus loves them.
2) Standing up for someone
– For example…something that you feel is being exploited/disrespected
3) Praying for someone.
4) Being open about your faith with friends and family.
You may be reading this and feeling overwhelmed or scared to step out in your faith, but know that God uses you in uncomfortable situations and 9 times out of 10 you will get such a positive outcome and reaction.
Go on, you can do it.