2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
I would like us to consider aroma and fragrance. These words have to do with the sense of smell, and in a positive sense, things like food cooking, perfumes, the scent of flowers. The things that we do – our very lives when centered in Christ – emanate the richness of our God. And this richness is noticed by those we interact with.
Think of all the positive things that impact us – that we notice – that are helpful or make our lives richer: an encouraging word, a helpful hand, the thoughtful presence of a friend, acts of kindness. All of these things can communicate the love of our Lord. This opportunity we have is expressed wonderfully by Paul: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
The day by day journey of our lives is as important as the ultimate destination. Day by day others can experience Jesus as revealed in our attitudes, words and actions. The more our lives reflect His ways, the more they will emanate the wondrous fragrance of our God.
Think of it! In a world of darkness and despair He has chosen to spread His fragrance through us. Some will recoil because they are not interested in Him. But others will be attracted because they are responding to the work of His Spirit, drawing them to redemption. We get to share His fragrance with all who surround us, knowing and trusting that there are those who will respond to Him.