Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God - Ephesians 5:2 NLT
This past 4th of July, I was shooting fireworks with my sons in our back yard. We were having a great time watching the bottle rockets and smoke bombs that we were setting off. Our neighbors had their mini fireworks show going in conjunction with ours and we spent the time trying to one up each other. Connor, my youngest son, was getting ready to light a string of firecrackers and froze just before lighting them. He starting backing up slowly and pointing in the direction behind me. As I turned around and looked in the direction that he was pointing, I saw the reason for his actions. It was a skunk coming around the house foraging for food. Connor yelled skunk! and immediately took off in the opposite direction along with Trey. We, in addition to the neighbors, all ran into our respective houses to let the skunk have the run of all of our yards. The unfortunate thing was the fact that the skunk decided to stay between the perimeter of all of yards foraging for food. We waited for the next 10 minutes hoping that he would decide that the food in other people's yards would offer a better alternative to the fare that we had in our yard and he would continue on his way. That was not to be and he ended our 4th of July celebration prematurely.
How many of us have relationships with our wives, significant others or friends that's similar to the experience that my sons and I had on the 4th of July? When people see us coming, they feel a strong urge to run in the other direction. How many of us will admit to our wives feeling the awful feeling that can be compared to the lasting smell that a skunk leaves behind after he sprays? As you know, the smell lingers long after the skunk has left the scene. When we don't live a life of love and sacrifice like Christ and exhibit this to those around us, we run the risk of scaring people off like the skunk was able to do. Until we put into practice what the scripture above is communicating to us, we will never be able to present ourselves to others as one the possess a pleasing aroma. Christ was able to do this because he sacrificed Himself in love, and as a result, He became a sacrifice that was pleasing to God. My brothers, start to live a life of love in regard to your wives or significant others. Began practicing living sacrificially and you will see that your presence will be welcomed by her and like the pleasing aroma of a nice smelling cologne, you become more attractive to your mate.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.