“Even guests, after a weekend visit, carry some of smell away with them.” – Screwtape Letters By C.S. Lewis, page 119
Screwtape letters is a book C.S. Lewis wrote during World War II, it’s an imaginary (although may be more real than we image!) account of an older demons letters instructing a younger demon in the art of temptation concerning the patient (person) under the young demons care. In the 22 letter (chapter) we find out that the patient under the young demons care has found a christian girlfriend and has been introduced to her family. The concern on the demons part is that the family seems to be serious in their love and devotion to God. In fact God is such a real part of the family and home that God seems to be rubbing off on even the gardener that they employ and people who visit.
In 2nd Corinthians 2:14-15 Paul says that God’s people are supposed to be the aroma (pleasing smell) of Christ. To other Christians that smell is the reminder of life and to others the smell of death.
When people spend an extended period of time with you are they left with a sense of what life is supposed to be all about? Do they leave feeling inspired to be more like the person God made them to be? Do they have sense that your life is connected to something far bigger than the material comforts and concerns that so many people focus on?
Maybe a good question to ask is, “do other Christians seek me out to spend time with?” and “do those who don’t yet know Jesus leave with a sense of conviction about sin after spending time with me?”
1. If you made a list of people that you’re currently “rubbing off on” (influencing), who would be on the list?
2. What tangible ways are you influencing their life?
3. What changes in your life could you make to become a better “smelling” person (besides deodorant)?
4. If this blog was thought provoking in a good way, thank Josh Boles, he inspired it. If it stinks… it’s because it came from me (Noah).