The cool crisp air, brilliant colors of the leaves, and tasty fall produce make autumn one of the favorite seasons for many of us. I love to walk through the crisp leaves on the sidewalk as I crunch my way through a delicious fall apple. But those who suffer from seasonal allergies probably long for the first hard frost to kill off the offending allergens. Having a sensitive nose can cause a lot of misery.
I seldom wear perfume because I don’t want to offend the noses of my friends and family who suffer from chemical sensitivities. Occasionally I indulge in a light misting when I know the people close to me don’t have this problem. But even then I may cause someone to sneeze.
In our Christian walk, we may offend some by our faith because they don’t believe as we do. Maybe it’s my people-pleasing nature that makes me hesitant to speak out for the Lord, not wanting to upset others by my Christian witness. Even if I’m careful with my words, some will chafe at what I say.
The Bible says, “Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those being saved and by those perishing. To those who are perishing we are a fearful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved we are life-giving perfume.” II Corinthians 2:15-16 (NLT)
Paul said we should be ready to preach the Word, “in season and out of season.” II Timothy 4:2 (NASB) Peter also encourages us to speak out. “If you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” I Peter 3:15 (NLT)
Even if we make some folks sneeze.