“For we are to God the Aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing”
–2 Corinthians 2:14-15
Springtime is filled with luscious floral aromas. The colors and smells always make spring a favorite season for me. To savor the season, I like to keep a vase or two full of flowers cut from various blooming bushes and plants in my yard. This spring one particular smell caught my attention above all others in the bouquet. After placing a vase of fresh cuttings on a console table, I went about my daily tasks. Like most days, that day started off with the endless laundry basket. While walking loads to and from the laundry room, I kept noticing an enticing smell coming from one of the flowers in the vase. It would stop mid me step, and I would try to identify its source as I passed. Finally, by the third or fourth time, I emptied my arms, bent down, and cupped my hands around each type of flower to discern its smell. I wanted to know the source of the wonderful aroma. It was a sweet and soft scent, not imposing or harsh. It was gentle, but present enough to make me enjoy and want more. I first smelled the largest flowers. But it wasn’t the obvious petals of the daffodil or the tulips in my bouquet. To my surprise, it was a small cluster of pink flowers cut from a bush in my yard. They were pretty, but its presentation was somewhat ordinary compared to the bright unfolding colors of the pink tulips or yellow daffodils beside it. Nevertheless, its scent had enticed me, and had my full attention. I wanted to learn more about its source. I wanted to learn not only the name of this bush, but its proper care to ensure these blooms will return next spring. This scent is not unlike God’s command for believers to be the aroma of Christ. Christians are followers of Christ, but also the fragrance of Christ to the lost. Verse 14 of 2 Corinthians states that “through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” Verse 15 continues this imagery by stating that “we are to God the aroma of Christ.” The smell of Christianity should attract nonbelievers which would in turn point them to the source of Jesus Christ. Therefore we should be careful that our Christian aroma is pleasing and attractive to others. The world takes notice when we are kind and loving and filled with the Holy Spirit. But the world also jumps at opportunities to accuse the stink of complacency or even judgement and hatred that unfortunately could be smelled instead. The world is drawn to our hope and peace and joy. The world is empty and searching. We bear spiritual fruits that are enticing. Even if they can’t quite put their finger on what makes you different. They are enticed and attracted to God’s love which is the beginning step to opening their heart to Jesus.
Who in your circle of friends or interaction needs the aroma of Christ? Perhaps you have an opportunity to openly share the gospel message, or maybe you speak kindly to a stranger leaving the aquantance to wonder what is different about you. Both are important steps that can lead a nonbeliever to a personal relationship with Christ. Never underestimate the power of fragrant kindness, joy, and peace within you. You may just cause someone to stop and search for the source of that fragrant aroma.