Something for Every Occasion

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CC BY-NC, Kevin Jaako, Flickr

Fragrance is contextual. Every perfume is not right for every season or occasion. So the conscientious wearer will build a fragrance wardrobe that might include essentials for casual and work times, formal events, sporting, festive occasions like holidays, and warm and cool seasons. The assortment helps one fit the mood or event.

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CC BY-NC, CityRover Media, Flickr

Now that’s the more common method of fragrance wardrobing. Another technique is to layer the body with the same scent. Thus, a person will use a body scrub and a body lotion in the same fragrance; then finish with a light spray of the perfume or cologne. This ensures that the fragrance lasts the entire day.

A third and less common way is to use different scents at the same time to create a customized fragrance. But since this is an easy way to unintentionally make yourself stinky and talked about, I’ll stick to one scent and leave the mixing to the perfumers!

Something Old, Something New

Wardrobing is a rich illustration of the way God has stocked our lives with talents, experiences, ingenuity, wisdom, and an array of elements, including the power of the Spirit, to match any occasion in which we find ourselves.

Two scripture passages convey the wardrobing concept to me. First, Peter marvelously explains, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life” (2 Pet. 1:3); then, he encourages his readers to continually add godly virtues to their faith. “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (v. 8).

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CC BY-ND, WCSU Peggy Steward, Flickr

This verse is so versatile with the concept. In the sense of variety, we can view adding goodness, love, and more as maintaining our witness of Christ despite the circumstance. Tempted? Christ smells of self-control. Persecuted? He’s a strong whiff of perseverance. Or, in the sense of layering, we can perceive those virtues, one upon the other, as keeping the scent of Christ strong on us, the scent Paul calls “the pleasing aroma of Christ” (2 Cor. 2:15).

Lastly, I cannot forget Matthew 13:52: “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

This verse describes the connoisseur and discriminating one who understands propriety and possesses the depth, creativity, and facility to handle any occasion, masterfully so.

This is also Christ in us keen—“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matt. 10:16); “Use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9); “When you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place’” (Luke 14:10).

I encourage you to do as Peter advises and wisely make your spiritual fragrance wardrobe as varietal as Christ has made it possible for you. He in his many ways is the scent you spread.

More on this topic: The Perceptive Householder

7 thoughts on “Something for Every Occasion

  1. Another good analogy, Mike. Smells good! 🙂 And I learned about wardrobing cologne! (Had to add that word to my dictionary). Talking about the versatility and variety of the gifts made me think of another thing Peter said, using J.B. Phillips version of 1 Pet.4:10, about us being dispensers of God’s grace…”Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you, as faithful dispensers of the magnificently varied grace of God.”

    • As you often say, “Ha!” 😀 I love the verse. I’m not sure enough of that is happening. We need to be intentional about serving the Lord and others. Cheers!

    • Hmm, now that kind of mixing definitely won’t stink! Twenty-five years, Mark? Wow! At one time I didn’t wear cologne because it irritated my nose; but now I love it, although I don’t keep much of it. I’ve gotta take my own advice and build a collection…$$$.

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