Thursday, April 9, 2015

What Smells in Here?

Image "Potpourri used for Aromatherapy" Courtesy of Serge Bertasius/freedigitalphotos.net
 ...and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, 
an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.  
Ephesians 5:2 NASB

I've been reading a lot lately about essential oils and their healing properties.  Having suffered from migraines and anxiety myself, in addition to having a daughter with special needs; anxiety, high blood pressure, kidney problems, and sensory issues~I've been attracted to "homeopathic" or more "natural" remedies for some of our health issues.

What's interesting to me is that, just as "too much of a good thing is still too much" with aromatherapy, so it is with our witnessing to others about Christianity.  In the passage above, the Ephesians are instructed to walk in love and be a fragrant aroma of Christ's love and sacrifice. Fragrant is most often defined as "sweet-smelling".  That conjures up images of a SOFT smell, or a LIGHT scent.

With essential oil aromatherapy, one comes to learn that while lavender might be beneficial to those who suffer from migraines, TOO MUCH lavender can also TRIGGER migraines.  

We must be cautious about HOW MUCH is TOO MUCH for certain people...

But how do we know?  How do we know that we aren't going to overdose on evangelism?  How do we know when to stop so we don't push a friend, family member or acquaintance AWAY from us and God rather than toward God.
That's when we have to carefully listen for the Holy Spirit.
But, oh.my.goodness...we must stay quiet to listen for the Holy Spirit.  If we are talk, talk, talking away, we'll never slow down enough to let the Holy Spirit nudge us in the right direction.  

In the books of Leviticus and Numbers we can read repeatedly about aromas that were "soothing" to God.  Isn't that what we would rather be?
A soothing aroma to someone; a healing fragrance to help cure what ails them? 
"Do you smell that?  That smells so good.  Who is it?  Who is it that smells so good?"

We cannot help someone find their way to God when they are repulsed by a wall of stench; judgement, condemnation, and legalism.  We need to walk humbly, and ask God to tune our hearts to hear how Jesus would have ministered to this particular person, or to that person.

When we are witnessing, or being witnessed to, all of our senses come into play...we may never have thought about our "smell" turning people away from God...but, clearly it can; God has said so himself.

Pray:  Heavenly Father, I wish I could be more graceful in how I share the Gospel.  I wish I could be more "fragrant" in how I live so that others would want a personal relationship with you.  Father, grant me this wish.  Help me to silent enough to say EVERYTHING you need me to say.

~Tammie Hefty

4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this reminder. I have struggle constantly over someone for whom I have prayed, I want desperately for her to come to know God, but I have had to learn that talking is not the way to show her about God's love. I love my essential oils, but more than that, I love this reminder that "too much of a good thing is still too much".

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    1. Nobody wants your friend to have a relationship with God more than God does! He's got it all under control...you are in her life for a reason, and that is to be the fragrance of God; a constant reminder, and he will take it from there. :)

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  2. Breath is "spirit" and yes how I wish I can be a fragrant breath of God to others.
    Thanks for reminding me. :)

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    1. I have a tattoo which is the Chinese symbol for breathe to remind me to just BREATHE~I need to breathe in the spirit and breathe out the spirit...:)

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