When you go into a department store you are offered samples of the latest designer fragrance. It seems there is an aroma for every occasion or desire….enticing you by the name, or what fruit, floral, herb or tree it consists of. Some people with allergies can’t stand the faintest scent.
Too much fragrance makes you want to get some fresh air!!!
Jesus, our example, is called the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley, and both of those flowers have a delicate sweet fragrance.
If you read II Corinthians 2:14-16 you will see we are admonished to spread the fragrance of Christ everywhere we go. How do we do that? Jesus is not a liquid substance we can splash on the outside of our bodies to make us smell sweet with love like He is!
The aroma that was pleasing to God, as written in the Old Testament, was because the children of Israel were sacrificing burnt offerings to Him. The smoke going up to His nostrils pleased Him because the one sacrificing was repentant of his sins, and asking for forgiveness. But, he had to keep sacrificing animals, etc. over and over again.
When Christ gave His life once and for all on the cross…..that sacrifice was final. All we have to do now is accept Jesus as our Savior once, and live a life pleasing as a sweet aroma to God.
Sometimes we can be overpowering with our “Christ Fragrance” and cause those we are around to stay away. Our critical attitudes, our hypocritical life styles, our death words cause those we are supposed to be an example to of the redemptive love of Christ, wonder why we stink!!! And that stench pushes people away from wanting to know Christ.
On the other hand, as you will see in the verse below, those who refuse to be drawn to the sweet pleasant fragrance of Christ’s love in us choose to be repelled by that aroma.
The aroma is always the same: it is sweet to some, and a stench to others.
II Corinthians 2:14-16 “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. 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.”
Dear Lord, let your sweet aroma fill my life, from the inside of me to all those around me. Amen