This week’s film is a very short one indeed, a two minute advert currently showing in cinemas.
Three uncool guys outdo their much cooler work colleagues by wearing the right body spray. Hey – they’re not afraid to lift up their arms in the heat. No telltale damp patches on them. No sir. It does of course raise that age old question of what makes a man. These three unexpected heroes get the girls and win the day by having armpits that look, and presumably smell, just right.
We are told in 1 Samuel 17 v 6 that God looks at the heart not the outward appearance. We of course, much of the time, do the opposite. We can’t help it. We live in a world where beauty and coolness in all their forms are applauded. Wear the right clothes, use the right products and you’ll be in the ‘in crowd’. Not so with God. Jesus berated the Pharisees for their concern about the outward appearance. He called them whitewashed tombs – looking good on the outside but dead (and presumably not smelling great) on the inside.
First impressions do make an impression but we are called by God to work on other aspects of our lives. Compassion, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. To walk down the street with justice, mercy and humility as our companions. Now it would be great if we could spray that lot on first thing each morning. But sadly they don’t come in a can. God calls those things out of us, his spirit helps them grow in the allotments of our hearts and minds and wills. Of course we want to smell good in this hot weather, but we’re asked too to have the aroma of Jesus about us. It may not make us look or smell cool, but God will smile and heaven will applaud.
‘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.’ 2 Corinthians 2 v 15