Genesis 27: 25-29: Aromatic Christians.

“25 Then he said, ‘My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.’ Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, ‘Come here, my son, and kiss me.’ 27 So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said,

‘Ah, the smell of my son
    is like the smell of a field
    that the Lord has blessed.
28 May God give you heaven’s dew
    and earth’s richness –
    an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May nations serve you
    and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
    and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
    and those who bless you be blessed.’ ” NIV UK


Years ago, I was in a café in Interlaken, Switzerland. A man, passing through, had so splashed on the after shave, that a strong scent wafted through the room with him. It was not unpleasant, but it was obvious. There was an unmistakeable fragrance emanating from him.

We each give off an aroma. I mean something more than bodily scents. Of course we are aware of these (as are others close to us!), and we, for the most part, try to observe good standards of hygiene. We don’t want to be offensive to others; we want to smell nice.

As a Christian, I want to carry a good scent through this world. I often pray that people coming into our home will be able to smell the fragrance of Jesus in every room, and, particularly, on our lives (see 2 Corinthians 2). There is an almost indefineable something about a godly person, and those coming into contact with him/her know it.

PRAYER: Lord, please may I smell strongly of Christ.