Durian is a famous/infamous fruit that grows in the region where we live. It grows about the size of a football and is covered with hard spikes. But its greatest distinction is its smell. It smells so strongly that it is banned in some buildings, airplanes, etc. Most people would say that it smells horrible—like rotting onions. But now that I have learned to love the taste of durian, I also love its smell! People here fall generally into two groups: durian-haters and durian-lovers .
This is what comes to mind when I read 2 Corinthians 2:15-16:
Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. (NLT)
Do I smell like doom or perfume? I hope my life gives off a distinctive Christ-like smell so it truly represents Him. Those who are offended by Christ may be offended by me, but I pray it will be only for the right reasons. But more importantly, I pray that those who are being saved will be attracted to Him through me.
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His passion and purity.
Oh thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.