Cinnamon rolls…freshly baked bread…coffee…caramel candles…flowers blooming after a long winter…the perfume that Grandma wore…the aftershave that Grandpa wore…the smell of a new baby…isn’t there something wonderful about smells?!! They draw us in, they give us comfort, they make us remember, they give us hope of a new season. Smells make us crave things (sometimes things that are not the best for us to have! I’m sitting here imagining what the cinnamon rolls in this picture smell like and my stomach has started growling!)
Yet…there is a beautiful fragrance that surpasses all others.
“14But 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 everywhere. 15For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? 17Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.” (2 Corinthians 2:14-17)
As followers of Christ, we have the most beautiful, attractive aroma that is being manifested through us by God in every place!!!
God uses us to spread the aroma of Christ!!!
We are carriers of the fragrance of Christ to those around us!!
When we are living in a way that is pleasing to God…when we spend time in His Word, spend time with Him in prayer…when we allow Him to purify our hearts and minds, allow Him to guide our steps…others will be drawn to the life~giving aroma that is Christ in us and Christ spilling out of us. His fragrance draws us in, comforts us, gives us hope, causes us to remember His faithfulness, makes us crave Him more.
- Am I living in a way that allows the fragrance of Christ to pour out of me?
- Am I so saturated with His Word and His Presence that I am sharing His Word with others from a sincere heart?
- Am I entering into relationships and places where the fragrance of Christ needs to be poured out?
As the sweet smell of spring is in the air, I am reminded that I carry in me the sweet fragrance of Christ. Just as the smell of blooming flowers give us hope for a new and beautiful season of blooming, so can our lives…because of Christ in us…offer hope to others. We can offer the Fragrance of Life to places where the stench of death consumes those who are lost. We can offer the fragrance that leads to a Holy Craving…a craving that only Christ can satisfy!!
As we breathe in the sweet fragrance of Christ, God manifests through us the sweet aroma of Him!! As He fills us, His fragrance spills out of us to draw others into Life!!
The fragrance of Christ in us also makes its way to the Father and is pleasing to Him. Verse 15 says “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ…”.
Father, today I am reminded that I carry the Sweetest Fragrance. I am reminded that You have entrusted me with the great responsibility to spread the fragrance of Your Love to those around me. Fill me…saturate me with the sweet, life~giving aroma of Your Son Jesus. Let the fragrance of our lives be a sweet offering to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you…”