THE SWEET AROMA

Let Christ’s word with all its wisdom and richness live in you. Use psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to teach and instruct yourselves about God’s kindness. Sing to God in your hearts. Everything you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. [Colossians 3:16-17 (GW)]

honeysuckleI’m in the midst of reading a series of seven children’s fantasy novels, The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis. Some of them, like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I read as a girl but others are new to me. The world of Narnia is a world to which one wants to return again and again and I’m enjoying my visit ever so much. C.S. Lewis, however, was much more than a writer of fantasy, non-fiction and poetry; he was a well-known lecturer, a brilliant scholar and a renowned Christian apologist.

Because of his tremendous faith and knowledge of Scripture, there is much more to his fiction than first meets the eye. Intentionally (and probably unintentionally), Biblical truths and Christian themes are woven throughout all of his writing. Lewis was so aware of God, so steeped in Biblical knowledge, and so in tune with the Holy Spirit, that I don’t think he could have written any other way, even if he’d wanted to do so. His faith emanated from him the same way a honeysuckle blossom emits a sweet aroma. His writing reflects what all of us are asked to do—share Jesus. Lewis’ knowledge of Scripture, his insight into the Holy Spirit’s ways and the enemy’s wiles, his love of Christ, his faith in a God who is good even when life isn’t, and his awareness of God’s presence in all circumstances are evident in his stories and yet there is nothing sermon-like about them. The adventures of the Pevensie children in Narnia brought them closer to a great lion by the name of Aslan and those same adventures can bring the reader closer to someone who (as Lewis suggested) arrived at the same time as Father Christmas, was the son of the Great Emperor, gave himself up to be killed by wicked people, came to life again, and is often spoken of as a lamb.

While we’re not likely to teach at Oxford or Cambridge, write over 70 books, sell 100 million copies of anything we might write or be asked to explain Christianity on a radio show, we are asked to share our faith. If Biblical truths become a part of us, they will become second nature and will be evident in all that we say or do. We don’t have to become theologians or write a best-seller; we just have to emit the sweet aroma of Christ in our lives.

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else. [C.S. Lewis]

But I thank God, who always leads us in victory because of Christ. Wherever we go, God uses us to make clear what it means to know Christ. It’s like a fragrance that fills the air. To God we are the aroma of Christ among those who are saved and among those who are dying. [2 Corinthians 2:14-15 (GW)]

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