100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 39
You Are the Aroma of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:15)
Are you amazed by your powerful reaction to smell? One whiff of a familiar scent can mentally transport you back to a different time and place. This regularly happens to my husband and me. In certain wooded spots we notice a scent that instantly reminds us of hiking the wooded mountains of a Caribbean island. That’s a pleasant memory.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, you might experience a negative memory from the sense of smell. Charred wood sometimes elicits a painful recollection of the devastating loss of my childhood home from fire.
Similarly, the Word of God explains that those who are in Christ have an “olfactory” effect on the people around us.
“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life” (2 Corinthians 2:15-16).
Child of God, because you believed upon Jesus for salvation, God always leads you in “triumphal procession in Christ,” and through you, He “spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him” (See 2 Corinthians 2:14). Think on these implications. Your life of influence declares the glory of God. One day you testify about His transforming power, and those around you breathe in the sweet smell of His healing nature. You spread the knowledge of His humility and gentleness when you ask a co-worker to forgive you for your impatient attitude. You minister grace to the one positioned as an enemy, and the undeniable smell of love hangs in the air. You share with another the way Jesus turned an impossible situation around, and the smell of faithfulness clings to the heart freshly infused with hope.
You, Child of God, are the aroma of Christ, and He deems your life to be fragrantly influential. May those who love Jesus arise to new levels of encouragement in your presence, but may those heading on a path of destruction desire escape because of your witness to the goodness of God.
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21)
Pray this prayer: Father, let my life lead others to ask me, “What must I do to be saved?” (See Acts 16:30).