When Sweet Smelling Becomes Too Sweet – October 6, 2015

Today’s Scripture… “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” 1 Corinthians 6:12

Thoughts for Today… My wife smells like something from heaven. She has this perfume that costs me about six paychecks to buy (just kidding) that just really smells wonderful. Sometimes I’ll take an afternoon nap and smell the perfume on her pillow next to mine.  And I can still find the scent lingering in the air long after she’s left the room. It’s not that the scent is strong, mind you — she just uses a small amount —
it’s just so distinct in its fragrance that it is easy to detect. It’s just one of the best smells that can be found on this earth.  That, and pizza, of course.  (just kidding again) Now, like I said, my wife smells like something divine.

But, there comes a time when sweet smelling becomes too sweet. Just the other night she sprayed on some perfume right before slipping into the bed…well when I slipped into bed beside her, and tried to cuddle…that one small squirt from the bottle quickly became what I thought was going to be a
lethal dose of perfume! I’m not kidding when I tell you that it began to choke me and I coughed until I
thought I’d turn blue in the face.  I couldn’t get it out of my throat and it became a bit hard to breathe.
Needless to say, before long the effects wore off…and I got to cuddle again.

You know, there are a lot of things in our lives that are sweet to us — things like my wife’s perfume.    And things like our possessions and our relationships and our children and our careers and our hobbies and our entertainment. You know, the things that we really enjoy.  Those things that are wonderful to

But, here’s the truth Christian, too much of anything can harm you.  That’s right, when we get too much of anything — even those things that are sweet and we enjoy — it can choke us and force us into ncomfortable positions. And how much is “too much”?  Too much can easily be defined as “having more influence in our lives than Christ does.”

That is — when ANYTHING influences the way we live, the things we say, the places we go, the things we do, when ANYTHING influences our lives more than Christ does, it has become “too much”. It can be anything.  Even sweet-smelling things.  Even good things.  Even blessings from God.  Even ministry.  When we allow anything to influence our lives more than Christ does, it has too much control over us. And sooner or later it will begin to choke us and cloud us and create an uncomfortable environment in which to breathe.

Paul said it this way “all things are lawful to me…but I will not be brought under the power of any.” He was basically saying in a modern illustration, “I like perfume and nice clothes and good jobs and great relationships and filled-to-capacity-churches…

…but those all are secondary compared to my relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Friend, what about you today?  Is there ANYTHING in your life that has more influence than Jesus?  Anything that you allow to make the decisions in your life instead of Him?

Perfume is sweet smelling. Just make sure you don’t allow something sweet to choke you out.

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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