The Aroma of God

For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:15-17

There are two kinds of people in the world: those in Christ, and those not in Christ. The saved and the perishing. The living and the dead.

Christians are called to glorify God in all that we do. One of the ways we glorify God is by sharing him with those who are not in Christ. As we demonstrate the love of God with our actions and with our words, we spread the life of God throughout the land. Paul says we are the aroma of God among all people. Among fellow believers, our lives should serve as refreshment and a reminder of the God we serve. Among unbelievers, our lives should reveal that something is wrong in their lives. Someone who lives his whole life in a garbage pit might not notice the smell until he is given a fresh, vibrant rose.

You are the fresh rose, made pure by God and filled with his fragrance. As you go about your day, consider how to stir believers to greater faithfulness and how to reveal the stench of death in unbelievers. Also consider your smell. Do you seek the aroma of God, or do you live in such a way that you stink like the world? Be the aroma of God, commissioned by God to speak the things of Christ wherever you go.