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Posted by J.R. Ruiz on

Where There's Smoke ...

What do you smell like? I know, I know. It depends on who you ask and when. Now, this is not meant to come across as “judging” because we know that the Bible says; we should not “judge one another” (not true. see 1 cor. 5:12). And as I’ve said before, smoking isn’t necessarily gonna send you to hell, but you might smell like you’ve been there (that’s a joke). I was on my way to get something to eat the other day and this person was next to me. At first I just glanced over there and didn’t give it much thought. But then I looked back and the person rolled down the window, stuck their head out the door, took at drag, exhaled and then pulled their head back in the car. Then the window came back to this position. I thought, “this person sure is going to a lot of trouble to make sure somebody doesn’t know they have been smoking by the smell in the car”. As a former smoker, I know by experience that you really can’t hide the smell.

As I pulled away I had this thought. We are like that sometimes with God. We do things, say things, go places and have thoughts that we know if our Christ following friends knew, they might point out our “smoky smell”. You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? Yep, we have all done that. The problem is that we can’t hide our smell from God, no matter how far we stick our head out the window. Paul reminds us that the price paid for us, Jesus on the cross, demands more than that from us. Check this out …

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” (Romans 12:1, NLT)

I know. Ouch, right? But here is the good news. God is always ready for us to “come clean” and change our smell. God says ...

“But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 John 1:9, NLT)

So let’s make a "paid for decision" to change our smell for the One that deserves our best smell.