Aroma of Christ
“Thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him every- where. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:14–15 (niv)
Mmm…I love the scent of something tasty baking in the oven. Anyone for ooey-gooey lasagna? Banana bread? Chocolate-chip cookies? Can you smell them already?
The aromas of savory seasonings and sugary sweetness have a way of wafting through doors and windows, seeping into furnishings and clothing, captivating everyone in their path with the promise of satiating hunger.
The sense of smell is powerful. Just imagine sticking your head in a dumpster and taking a whiff—suddenly your pleasant daydreams of lasagna and banana bread and cookies scatter in the odoriferous breeze.
God’s followers carry a powerful aroma that either draws others to want the good stuff of knowing Jesus or sends people running. Jesus Himself drew those in need of His gentle healing and compassionate spirit. Those were the ones who also tended to be open to hearing unpopular truth from Him, whereas those who weren’t aware of their own need often rejected His presence.
Someone whose heart refuses to be drawn to Jesus’ aroma of salvation will reject Him no matter how godly our conduct may be. However, we never know when our paths will cross with that of someone who may need the refreshing scents of Jesus’ love and grace.
Wear the aroma of His Spirit throughout this day, and be part of satisfying someone’s spiritual hunger for eternity.
FAITH STEP: Find a small, empty bottle and label it “Aroma of Christ.” Place it where you get ready for the day as a reminder of whose aroma you’re giving off to all you come in contact with.
Written by Erin Keeley Marshall